sarcastic vs ironic : Common Errors in English

About sarcastic vs ironic

Not all ironic comments are sarcastic. Sarcasm is meant to mock orwound. Irony can be amusing without being maliciously aimed at hurtinganyone.

sarcastic Meaning(s)

  • (a) expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

ironic Meaning(s)

  • (s) humorously sarcastic or mocking
  • (s) characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is

sarcastic in News

  1. Floundering Facebook Still Needs to Convince Investors it Cares

    Shareholders let their opinions be known in a grilling of billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg that has, by and large, elicited a chorus of sarcastic boo-hoo's.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Breakout Videos via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Gordon Paving's Snarky Ad Responds to City Spokesman

    If you picked up today's Times-News, you might have seen an ad at the bottom of the Business section announcing that Gordon Paving Co. hired Josh Palmer as its company spokesman. The ad is snarky, sarcastic and a tad biting, and it's not true.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Times-News

  3. St. Mary's celebrates DiMaiti for 23 years of service

    LYNN — "Teacher," "mentor," "magnificent," "charismatic" and even "sarcastic" were words that came to mind Monday when St. Mary's outgoing Principal Carl DiMaiti was celebrated during the annual End of School Mass.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Daily Item

ironic in News

  1. French Horn Rebellion Throws an '80s Dance Party for Two in the 'Dancing Out' Music Video

    French Horn Rebellion's brand new music video for "Dancing Out" is basically your average dance-oriented '80s popcorn movie packed into just under four minutes, except with more french horn and more ironic facial hair. Which means, of course, that it's plenty enjoyable. "Dancing Out" is French Horn Rebellion's second collaboration with late '80s hitmaker Jody Watley, who won the Grammy for Best ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Zimbio

  2. Our Readers' Views: A need for a younger council

    To the Editor: I found it ironic that at a recent Sierra Vista council work session, council members complained about having their work sessions in the council chambers. Why? They are televised! Now the meetings can be recorded and viewed on Channel 12. The complaints expressed ranged from some “feeling uncomfortable” or that filming “inhibited their discussion” to the council chambers were “too ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Sierra Vista Herald


    Isn’t it ironic that President Obama, having acquired the highest office in the land by agitating — all his political life — against privilege and discrimination, is now systematically wielding his executive power lawlessly to favor his friends and punish his enemies? read more
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Gaffney Ledger

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