I’ll bet you have you have used sarcasm already today–a bitter, caustic, or ironic statement sometimes meant to hurt. The word comes from the Greek root “to tear [flesh].”
In spoken language, it’s usually possible to indicate sarcasm by body language or intonation. For example, here are two statements (the second would be verbalized as sarcasm): “They say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Yeah, right.” Read The Rules of Sarcasm on the BBC News.
However, written language is stripped of verbal or oral cues, and it’s hard to indicate that your words are deliberately sarcastic. Many people indicate their written sarcasm by using quotation marks or smiley faces. Good news! Some clever souls have invented Sartalics (reverse italics) to indicate sarcasm while tweeting, e-mailing, or updating social media sites. There’s a move afoot to get Microsoft to include Sartalics in Office, too. Read more at the Huffington Post and Mediapost. Vote for Sartalics, too!