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Sarcasm is a form of negation in which a speaker makes a statement so polite or extreme that the listener concludes that the speaker means the opposite. Sarcasm is often interpreted as humorous or rude.

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What is the meaning of “well done” in this sentence?

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 ...
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Is there any synonym to “ha”?

"ha" can be used in a sarcastic way like this: A: When did the first war happen? B: In 1950. A: Wrong. It happened in 1914. B: I know that. A: That's why you answered it ...
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Like I would care if you have hair or not!

Katie: Alexa, I saw a lot of your hair in my ski hat. A lot. Alexa: So why are you so mad! I'm the one who is losing my hair. Katie: I'm your best friend. You should have told me what was ...
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What does “Right little ray of sunshine” mean?

There's no way any of the other tasks are going to be that dangerous, how could they be?” Ron went on as he carried Pigwidgeon to the window. “You know what? I reckon you could win this tournament, ...
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Help to understand the meaning of a tweet by J.K. Rowling

I’ve read a tweet of J.K. Rowling: Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop I understand ...
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Is it okay to start a sentence with “like” to show sarcastic tone?

Is it okay to start a sentence with "like" to show some sarcastic tone? For example: "Like you knew how to swim, right?" (meaning: you are acting as if you could swim, but we both know you can't) ...
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Which tense to use after “I didn't know”

I have been married for 10 years and someone tells me that I married the wrong man. Because I resent that remark I want to answer saying something like this: I didn't know that I have been ...
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Sarcastic Idioms for claiming something “for public use” as my own

The scenario: A kid in the park in front of the water fountain and he's misusing it and leaving it open so an old man approaches him and says : could you close the tap please .. this is not your dad's ...
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Usage of “doesn't” in future sentence?

My friend is going to board into the train. To give a sarcastic sent off… shall I say, "Make sure your train doesn't derail" Is "doesn't" appropriate here?
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Fancy asking me that!

What does "fancy asking me that!" mean? I reckon it's something like "how dare you ask me something like this" in a sarcastic way. Is it?
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What does it meaning of “that's original” in this sentence?

Context: Conrad Greene is talking on the phone about the painting whereabouts. Oh, it's you! Where's my painting? I want my painting. In the mail? Well, that's original! Sentence taken from "...
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“some friend” in positive and negative senses

I pretty much hear some friend in the negative sense as in Some friend you are! How can some friend be used to express approval? Please, provide examples and you may want to find out how you ...
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Could the word “interesting” have negative meaning?

Example: Joe's presentation about the techniques of sharing code between the web and native version of an app was interesting. Can the word "interesting" have a negative meaning in this context? ...
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Persuasive Technique when describing something large with a small adjective

I'm practicing an English Language Analysis Essay (from VCAA 2014 English Exam) and the author of a response states: But no, let's spend a few trillions more on the illusion that we can solve our ...
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What does “go back to waterfall” means?

One guy commented an article Agile is Dead with(You can see the comment in the end of that article) : What insight! I guess you can go back to waterfall. Ken So what does "go back to ...
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What does "I'd take a break and go wallpaper the garage first.” mean?

"The Sages of Sivana have known the secret of happiness for over five thousand years. Fortunately, they were willing to share this gift with me. Do you want to hear it?"“No, I thought I'd take a break ...
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I'm being rude now, aren't I? Or should I say, ain't I?

Watching the classic "All about Eve" I stumbled upon this sentence by Margo Channing: Please don't play governess, Karen. I haven't your unyielding good taste. I wish I could have gone to ...
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Difference between “fat chance” and “slim chance”?

Is there a difference between "fat chance" and "slim chance," and if so, what is it? Taken literally, they seem to be opposites, but do they mean the same thing?
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Sarcastic Idioms for being slow to notice something

The scenario: The power was out but it came back up. However, a friend or family member noticed that late and said: Oh, the power is back up! You noticed that long before they did (sometimes ...
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Bit too much free champagne?

What is that mean in the following conversation (Inception movie): Arthur: You couldn't have peed before you went under? Yusuf: Sorry. Eames: A bit too much free champagne before take ...
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meaning of “vague that up”

I couldn't get the meaning of: vague up. What does it mean? Giles: The influx of the undead, the... supernatural occurrences, it's been building for years. There's a reason why you're here and a ...
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Condescension is much appreciated [meaning]

We have following dialog from the movie Inception (2010): Arthur: Eames, I am impressed. Eames: Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated, Arthur, thank you. I can't get the point ...
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Opinionated vs Sarcastic (Tone) [closed]

The logical conclusion to the anti-abortionist’s ‘human potential’ argument is that we potentially deprive a human soul of the gift of existence every time we fail to seize any opportunity for ...
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Why this dialogue relates to the “Irony” expressions?

Anne: By the way, were our wonderful guests still here when you came out and ate lunch? Dana: I had a sandwich and … Anne: Isn’t it so nice to have guests here? Dana: Totally! Anne:...
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What does “quite a” (as in “He’s quite a guy”) mean, and when should one use it?

What does the following sentence mean? He is quite a guy. In which situation would quite a be used?
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beat me over the head with it

From an American sitcom Friends S08E13 Phoebe thought Joey liked her, so she went to Joey's to talk about this affair. But as the conversation went on, it turned out that it was Rachel that Joey ...
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The meaning of 'Yeah, Right."

What are some tips to figure out the correct meaning of a sentence? Example: A: "1+1=3." B: "Yeah, right". If I don't know what 1+1 equals to, I don't know if B means: "That is correct."(...
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Can the word “win” be used sarcastically either as a verb or as a noun?

I searched in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language for win’s definitions to see it’s usage but I couldn’t figure out whether it can be used sarcastically with a negative ...
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The usage of “doing all this waiting” & “at the bone”

A: Remember, we don't have to deliver every last inch of the man, Brian B: You got a good point there, Ronnie A: Lend me your knife. B: Should I take a nap while I'm doing all this ...
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Punctuation in sarcastic question with suggested answer?

How do you correctly format a sarcastic question that includes a suggested answer? Like... Where did you get your license: the back of a cereal box? Is that correct? It seems wrong to make it two ...
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What does “it makes too much sense” mean?

There's two possible and opposite ways to complete the popular expression "it makes too much sense" and thus give meaning to it: It makes too much sense to be true, it must be false It makes too much ...
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Is there a word for 'making offending sarcastic remarks'?

Is there a word (probably a verb to describe the action) for the below situation: When someone throws a sarcastic remark to you, especially in front of other people, not in a playful manner but ...
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What's the meaning of “I'd say”?

In a discussion on closets, person A posted a picture of his closet and person B made a comment on it: Cowboy boots in the north WTF, and who needs that many hats? Person A then replies: I've ...
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What's the meaning of “as nature intended”?

In a discussion, a funny dog video was posted. In response to the video, person A said, non crated dogs ftl. Person B disagrees and said what Person C replies Person B, It's what non-dog ...