Sunday, March 30, 2008
Sharp Humor that Cuts Like a Knife?

Sarcasm is stating the opposite of an intended meaning especially in order to sneeringly, slyly, jest or MOCK a person, situation or thing. It is strongly associated with irony, with some definitions classifying it as a type of verbal irony intended to INSULT OR WOUND. An example of sarcasm is using "that's fantastic" to mean "that's awful".

That's the definition I got when I looked up "sasrcasm". If you asked me, I'd say I really, really dislike it. I don't enjoy humor that comes at someone else's expense. But I find myself wondering, am I guilty of it myself? I'm so aware of it in others, but do I give myself a "get out of jail free card" when I'm guilty too?

So what is your take on it? Is it just a form of humor that comes with certain personality types, do we all do it, is it okay, not so great?

My ears seem very touchy to it lately for some reason, so I'd really like input from others - what do you think? As a Christian, is it okay? Do I need to look more closely at the intent, or am I just being too picky? Or am I even a pot calling the kettle black?

What do you think? I'd really like to know.


  posted at 9:39 PM

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