Extremely OT, sorry... facetious vs. sarcastic?

Subject: Extremely OT, sorry... facetious vs. sarcastic?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 07:58:11 -0400

Emily Berk wonders about the difference <<...however subtle, between
facetious and sarcastic>>

Facetious = attempting humor in a clumsy or often inappropriate manner,
sometimes to lighten a mood, sometimes bordering unintentionally on sarcasm

Sarcasm = satirical humor that has a measure of intent to insult, deprecate,
point out a stupidity, or inflict pain (sarc = flesh, thus as if you're
"tearing a strip out of someone")

--Geoff Hart, geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
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speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips


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