Sarcasm is a sharp and often satirical or ironic attack designed to cause harm, either mental or social, and intended to insult or wound. It is often a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language and is usually directed against an individual.
There is a thin dividing line between sarcasm and irony.
Recently, scientists have located parts of the brain used to comprehend sarcasm. The research demonstrates that some people have difficulty distinguishing between normal speech and sarcasm.
- ↑ http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/sarcasm
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4566319.stm
- ↑ "Damage to any of three different areas could render individuals unable to understand sarcastic comments." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4566319.stm