Speck wrote: I want to lose weight not only to get out of this horrible cycle of failing my semi-annual fitness assessments, but also because I have a year and a half left here and I'd like to be able to go to a beach shirtless at least once before I go and not feel self conscious.
J wrote:It's probably because I'm not a native speaker, but I'm not sure I fully understand this bit. Do you mean you want to go to a beach shirtless at least once before you get dementia??
Yakk wrote:I am curious where you got the dementia from.
This is a strange choice of phrasing for English. "where you got the dementia from" implies you got dementia, but in context it would read "where you got the idea that someone was talking about dementia" (basically, using a word to talk about talking about the word).
Quercus wrote:Equating "self conscious" with "self-aware" would be my guess.
The clean reading of this is that Q thinks J thought Speck was saying:
"I'd like to be able to go to a beach shirtless at least once before I go and (lose self awareness)."
Losing self awareness would be no longer being aware of yourself as a being; possibly a form of dementia.
I was a bit of an arse here, and pretended my previous sentence had the "obvious" meaning:
Yakk wrote:I suppose that could drive someone crazy, but it seems an extreme reaction.
I suppose 'Equating "self concsious" with "self-aware"' could drive someone crazy, but simply equating those two driving someone crazy seems like an extreme reaction.' Ie, I reread the previous statement as not being what J did, but rather what J thought Speck did. Or rather, "How did you get dementia?" "I equated 'self-awareness' with 'self-consiousness'", and not as actual behaviors, but rather as as concepts, and thinking about them being the same thing drove one crazy.
This is deliberate misunderstanding of what someone says, after making ambiguous statements, a lower form of humor than puns.
Speck (I think) got what I was doing (being silly) and took the game a step further:
Speck wrote:OH GOD I'M PASTY WHITE AND FAT DSFG AFD ADSF DKJFDSAKJ FLASJ
[RUNS INTO OCEAN AND DROWNS]
His self awareness (awareness of self-existence) became self consciousness (awareness of your own awkwardness), and hence became insane.