Is "well" correct when using sarcasm?

"What's the time?" she asked.

"Well, aren't you in a real hurry?" he said sarcastically.

I am not sure if the word "Well" belongs here, especially in a sarcastic comment. I am thinking there might be a more appropriate word, but I can't remember what it was. Also, can we really use "Well" in a sarcastic comment? Why? Doesn't sound like something you would say in a sarcastic remark.

  • It sounds like annoyance mixed with sarcasm (The Well indicating the annoyance - 'Well I never!')
    – Smock
    Sep 13, 2019 at 10:56

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There is no rule against using the word "well" as part of a sarcastic comment, and comments of the form "Well, aren't you X", often with a sarcastic intent, are not uncommon. I see nothing wrong with the example sentence.

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