What is Sarcasm?

There are many forms of humor out there. One of these is the use of Sarcasm. Sarcasm is when a person uses irony to mock something or someone. Sarcasm is mainly used to convey hilarity and for the amusement of others. However, sarcasm often comes at the expense of someone, as it usually mocks one person for the amusement of others.

Sarcasm generally uses irony. When someone employs irony, it means that they are saying the opposite of what they actually mean. However, sarcasm generally employs irony to mock or convey contempt. It is often a sharp and satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain to someone else. It can also often be a taunt.

The term is derived from the Ancient Greek “sarkasmós”, which means “to sneer”. While this is the most common definition of sarcasm today, the word had another root word: from “sarkázein”, which means to “gnash the teeth (in anger)” and literally, to strip off the flesh.” This refers to the other aspect of sarcasm, in which one mocks another, i.e. wounds them or tears off their flesh and leaves them bare.

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