Questions tagged [sarcasm]

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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Has “had to be” used in sarcastic sense in here?

I read this in "The Last Lesson": I had counted on the commotion to get to my desk without being seen; but, of course, that day everything had to be as quiet as Sunday morning. I gather that "had ...