I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was:

The idea that "poor" marks quality whereas "bad" marks morality is truly a peeve beyond all other peeves--a real peever's peeve. Well done.

I want to know what author wants to convey by "well done" in that sentence? I mean we use it for praising someone? Who is he praising in that sentence?

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This is an example of sarcasm.

The use of remarks that clearly mean the opposite of what they say, made in order to hurt someone's feelings or to criticize something in a humorous way: "You have been working hard," he said with heavy sarcasm, as he looked at the empty page.

Sarcasm (Cambridge Dictionary)

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