A few days ago comrade KH and I, in online chat, each began trying to take responsibility for the other's failure in some trivial thing: "I must not have said it clearly", "No, I must be hard of hearing", etc. After a brief exchange I raised the stakes with:

     "Don't get into a self-deprecation contest with me — it's my greatest strength!"

... and followed that up immediately with:

     "Well, I guess that wasn't a very self-deprecating statement ... hmmm ... looks like I'm no good at self-deprecation either, eh?"

... a hard-to-beat move to a higher level of meta-banter!

^z - 2014-05-02