When Edgar accepted the service award on his sister’s behalf, the audience was unpleasantly surprised by his humorously inappropriate and facetious remarks. Edgar facetiously joked about his sister’s childhood temper tantrums: it was meant to be funny, but simply did not fit the serious occasion. The Master of Ceremonies approached Edgar at the reception and scolded him for his facetious, unsuitable remarks that had lessened the respect due his sister.
Quiz: When is someone being facetious?
- When that person says funny things at the wrong time.
- When that person wins a famous, respectable award.
- When that person stands in for one who is absent.