The phrase may be old but it is just as relevant these days. I’ve come across a person who seems to think that making sarcastic remarks about other people is their definition of humour. Unfortunately the only person who laughs after hearing the comment is themself. The comments are sometimes hurtful and frankly, unnecessary.
But I don’t like it — I don’t like being on the receiving end of it so I am making a stand. Every time I hear something cutting or sarcastic uttered under the guise of humour, I now say something. Whether it’s a “hey, that’s not very nice” to a more direct “what a nasty thing to say!” The behaviour won’t change until the people concerned get pulled up by others.
I always remember the advice my mother gave us when we were growing up — “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” Relevant then, relevant now 🙂