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Sarcasm

AUTHOR: Liz Sparg

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust

LANGUAGE: English

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When a person says something but means something else, in order to hurt, insult or humiliate, that person is using sarcasm. Sarcasm is very like verbal irony, but it is more biting. For example, if you say to a very quiet person who has hardly said a word, “Are you always so much fun to be with?” you are being very sarcastic. Oscar Wilde (author) described sarcasm as “the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence” – probably because sarcastic remarks can be creative and humorous as well as hurtful. “You really are clever, aren’t you,” is a sarcastic comment to someone who did very badly in a test.

5 Responses

  1. Ooo what a mazing story

    vitumbiko
    30 Jan 2017 at 12:01
  2. This is great!!Thanks

    Thato
    3 Jan 2017 at 20:52
  3. Wow very educational,thnx FunDza

    Irrine
    5 Jul 2016 at 17:32
  4. You have opened my gramatically eyes! FunDza is the best.

    Justice Lindamo
    25 Jun 2016 at 15:09
  5. like it

    Sanele
    25 Mar 2016 at 22:55

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