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Irony v. Sarcasm

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Irony v. Sarcasm

Postby saurabh » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:36 am

I want to know the difference between irony and sarcasm.
Thanks in anticipation.
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Re: Irony v. Sarcasm

Postby JeromeTwain » Tue May 01, 2012 7:00 pm

"Irony" is the use of words to express something completely different and usually opposite to the literal meaning of the individual words.

Example: Imagine a friend coming up to you on a cold and rainy day and saying: "Another perfect day to go to the beach!".

"Sarcasm" is the use of irony to hurt or offend people.

Example: Imagine one of your friends has just failed an important exam and you say to him: "Congratulations on your brilliant academic results!".

Hope that helps {-:
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Re: Irony v. Sarcasm

Postby saurabh » Thu May 03, 2012 4:34 am

Thanks.
Perfectly explained by you.
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