Sarcasm, taunting not welcome

Seems Americans’ major tools in language today is sarcasm, caustic, biting, taunting remarks.

The dictionary defines it as “1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain 2 a: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b: the use or language of sarcasm.”

The etymology of the word enlightens. It goes back to the Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer. Appears two words make up that one, from sark-, sarx flesh, and a foreign word, to cut. To flay with the tongue.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, and words will deeply cut me.”

Reminds me of Paul’s verse in Galatians 5:15: “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”

One religionist, speaking sarcastically, recommends joining Sarcasm Anonymous. Indeed, it is epidemic, even among religious people.

So when a sarcastic comment pops up on one of the websites I’m responsible for, I tend to delete it.

If you want to make sure your comment doesn’t get approved, lay on generous amounts of sarcasm.

Sarcasm, said one writer, is a form of hostility. Covert. Sniper fire. Deadly.

In these parts, it’s verbotten.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?