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SARCASM you know who you are:)

Postby KatyBr » Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:52 pm

sar·casm (sär'kăz'əm)
n.
1-A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
2-A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic
3-language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.
4-The use of sarcasm. See synonyms at wit1.
[Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein, to bite the lips in rage, from sarx, sark-, flesh.]

note number one, intended to wound, I read somewhere it originally meant stripping the flesh.
I guess I'll think twice before I employ this again!

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Postby tcward » Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:20 am

Those early Greeks were something else! To bite the lips in rage...

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Postby gailr » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:16 pm

tcward wrote:Those early Greeks were something else! To bite the lips in rage...

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Well, it doesn't specify whose lips they were biting...
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Postby tcward » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:54 pm

Hmm... wow! No, it doesn't! Those Greeks really were something else! ;)

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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:21 pm

No, I agree ; gentle irony's a better bet - who wants to go 'round with bloody swollen lips (and a black eye or two !) all the time ?...

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Postby gailr » Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:30 pm

It is unfortunate that the "supersubtle" Montagues and Capulets were unaware of the complexities of sarcasm. Sam's threat, "I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it. " might not have seemed so inflammatory, compared to the alternatives...
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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:50 pm

Fellow Agorists might be interested in the views expressed by contributors to the Urban Dictionary regarding that phrase. Myself, I should like to find a contemporary source with a detailed explanation....

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