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Difference Between Irony and Sarcasm

irony-symbolIrony vs Sarcasm

In accordance to the definition of any dictionary an irony is the use of word or phrases that express a totally different meaning from its literal meaning, wherein sarcasm is the use of words that is a bit sarcastic and intended to make someone the victim of ridicule.

Now when it comes to the difference between irony and sarcasm, sarcasm is actually a subdivision or part of irony in a way, but it is used more specifically to hurt and embarrass the person personally. The attack is more personal and deliberate in nature and this is only used by people when they are angry or do not like the person they are talking to.

More often than not, sarcasm is also more derogatory and really insulting. However, even if this is the case many people still use sarcasm to hide their true feelings, and the oddest thing is that even friends use this to one another as a butt of joke or a way to tell their friends how they really feel. Just always keep in mind that you should also take into consideration your bond with that someone. If your ties are really strong and tested then it might be fine to use sarcasm once in awhile, since it could break your relationship if the sarcasm used is totally hurtful.

Irony, on the other hand is a more subtle way of expressing how you really feel, but without really saying and hurting them. Sounds confusing? An irony is expressing a word that is not really what you wanted to say. Like when you say the phrase ‘over the top’ or ‘way over your head’ to another person, it is a restrained way of saying that, ‘maybe they should think about it first’, because they might not be capable or don’t have the capacity to do it.

Furthermore, irony can be used not just in words but also in situations wherein the circumstances are more ironic. Irony is absolutely not used to offend another person directly or indirectly.

In other words, Irony tones and delivery will always be humorous and sometimes can be viewed as life’s practical joke. So if you are the one at the receiving end of an irony, you might even laugh at the whole thing and might not even bother to look into the real meaning of that irony.

Now that we have drawn the line and have define the real meaning or the difference between irony and sarcasm, it would be easy to compare which words is an irony and which one is the sarcasm.

Remember always, that sarcasm is nasty and not very good, especially if that sarcasm is directed towards you. Even if you are not the intended victim ,it is still not funny to use sarcasm, unless of course the situation really calls for it.

Summary:

1. Sarcasm is used more specifically to hurt and embarrass the person personally, while irony, on the other hand, is a more subtle way of expressing how you really feel.

2. Irony tones and delivery will always be humorous and sometimes can be viewed as life’s practical joke, while sarcasm is nasty and not very good.


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3 Comments

  1. very informative. thank you!

  2. I find it ironic that the poster of this article has no freakin clue of what the difference between irony and sarcasm is.

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