Sarcasm

sar·casm-–noun

1. harsh or bitter derision or irony

2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

Are you a fan of sarcasm? Are you a sarcastic person? I saw this the other day and it gave me a new meaning of sarcasm. I’d never thought of praise being sarcastic unless you fell or dropped something or just plain did a dumb thing and it looked funny. I’ve heard people say “way to go Einstein,” “no shit sherlock,” (a personal favorite) and stuff like that but I never really thought of that as being sarcastic. I guess I looked at “this type” of sarcasm more as teasing.

I feel like sarcasm is mean. I’m not a fan of it in general. I mean, I’m VERY sarcastic sometimes. Mostly with Paul because face it, when we’re with the same person all the time, it’s going to happen and he’s a huge “maker of stupid conversation because god forbid there ever be quite” person and he’ll be looking right at me and ask me what I’m doing!! With stuff like that, yes, I can be a b—h.

But if someone asks me a question I don’t say “Well YAH! when it’s dripping with D’oh!!!!! I think that’s mean. Or if you mispronounce something and people correct you. Or if you ask a question someone thinks is stupid, they make you feel stupid.  That’s the kind of sarcasm I don’t like and find it quiet mean actually. If someone knows what you mean, why point it out and make them feel silly?

Do you think people like to point out others mistakes because it makes them feel superior? Or smarter? Or mean? Or what? Why do you think people will point out every mistake others make? Just why do you think some people are this way and other’s aren’t? Are you sarcastic and if so, in which way?

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7 Responses to Sarcasm

  1. mssc54 says:

    Perhaps initially it is a means of survival. They need to feel good about anythng because at home they are constantly rediculed. Then after time it just becomes ingrained. That’s my guess.

  2. SKL says:

    I can be a pretty sarcastic person. Growing up with a bunch of siblings, it was pretty much a sport to think up a smartassed reply to anything. In a conversation when I think a view is ridiculously one-sided, I may make a sarcastic remark about it. In gossip (when the victim is not present), I succomb to temptation. And when I’m feeling wronged or defensive. My friend/business partner HATES that about me (but there are plenty of things I hate about her to balance that out). With her, my sarcasm is usually the alternative to saying F-YOU after trying very hard to be patient over an extended time period. She reads my sarcasm as F-YOU anyway, and it usually starts a fight. Still, at some point there has to be a relief valve. “Yes ma’am, whatever you say ma’am” just isn’t me.

    I’m not sure if sarcasm bothers me. Honestly, I can’t think of any times when someone pissed me off by being sarcastic, except when the thought behind it was just ridiculous. I think I’m just used to it from my upbringing.

  3. Laura says:

    I’m like you, Joy, in that I am often far more sarcastic with Steve than with anyone else. I think it’s that we’re in each other’s pockets now, and it’s hard to stay patient 100% of the time. When you’ve said something three, four times, and then that person comes back and has no CLUE what’s going on? It’s either blow your top or be sarcastic. I’ll take sarcasm. At least there’s a chance that he’ll get it and find it funny. When blowing up is the only alternative, disaster is right around the corner.

    I’m not so sarcastic with other people, unless the conversation turns there. When I discuss politics with people, for example. Since I have no respect for most of the people who call themselves “leaders”, I feel like I can let loose on them without feeling bad. But, in general, I’m nice.

  4. Nikki says:

    I’m not a sarcastic person at all, really. I think it’s rude. I had to tell my oldest sister to stop saying, “duh!” to me on FB. It’s their way of feeling smarter than you, and that’s not very nice.

    Jason is sarcastic but I’ve lived with that long enough that most day, it doens’t bother me. If I’m already in a bad mood, well then he will get, “Shut the F up!” back.

    I think you have to have pretty thick skin to take sarcasm and I know I don’t have that!

  5. Phyllis says:

    I can be rather sarcastic at times, but it’s not usually aimed at people, but situations I’m describing. I did used to be sarcastic with people when I was much younger, but I’ve broken myself of that because I came to realize just how hurtful it can be at times.

  6. I would rather correct a persons mispronounced word than have them perpetually mispronounce, that just makes you seem ignorant.

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