Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, irony, sarcasm
Which is correct?
Dear Mr. Gates:
I’d like to offer my congratulations on the Vista operating system, which has delighted both end users and tech support staff throughout my company and, dare I say, the world.
Yes, as you may recognize, I’m being _______. I’m writing to say that I’m breaking up with you.
New Linux lover
An ironic statement is intended to convey the opposite meaning to the actual words. Sarcasm is a subset of irony. a variation that adds an edge that’s intended to make it sting. (Ironic isn’t incorrect, but sarcastic is more precise.)
In this case, the writer offers effusive-sounding praise of the Vista OS, which was pretty-well globally acknowledged as crapware — something to be avoided if possible and endured if necessary. Thank the gods that’s over with!
The Sarcasm Society explains further. Contact them with your questions — they’d love to hear from you.
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