aridas sofia wrote:
And that can elicit an "I'm laughing with you" chuckle.
You can't laugh with someone if they never intended it to be humorous. At that point you can only be said to be laughing at
them. Acknowledging that somethings may look dated years after they were produced or that science took shape in ways different than predicted doesn't automaticly justify a "laughable" label.
This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode were Jerry learns a friend described him as "being a phony." When confronted the friend tried to BS him that the term "phony" was slang for something more positive (like "bad" meaning "good"). Jerry didn't buy it then nor do I now.
"Laughable" when used to describe things not meant to be seen as funny transforms it into a term of derision. I believe that makes it a poor choice to use in polite conversation were respect is something strived for.
I accept that I may very possibly be in the minority on this, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.