Sarcasm: Intellect on the offensive

Sarcasm Pronunciation:\ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

Function: noun

Etymology:French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarəs- to cut
Date: 1550

1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain

2 a: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b: the use or language of sarcasm

They say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Yeah, right. Assuming “they” are the same experts who tell us “Look before you leap” and “He who hesitates is lost”, then I think we all know how incisive and invaluable their advice is. What would we do without it?

So may I offer, in all due sincerity, my tips on how to love sarcasm and make it work for you.

Note first of all that we are all sarcastic, often without noticing it. “Oh, very funny,” we say, without cracking a smile.

But if you’re willing to move on from everyday sarcasm to something bigger and better, you will find it an art, with a noble tradition. Learn from the masters.

Among the many who have used sarcasm as their vehicle to fame in their act, one of the first names that come to my mind is Chandler Bing

Sample this

Ross: Okay, I think it’s time to change someone’s nicotine patch. [does so]

Chandler: [deadpan] Ooh, I’m alive with pleasure now


And some people just cannot understand sarcasm…

but hey that’s a totally different spectrum altogether…

Ok here’s something that makes sarcasm easier to understand…

Good one…a classic reply to a sarcastic dumbass…

One Response

  1. When I lived in America, one of the greatest adjustments I had to make was to tone down my sarcasm. People…..just…….did……..not…….get… This was funny. Coming from Scotland, sarcasm is the highest form of wit.

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