Thursday, April 16, 2009

Facetious is not the new Sarcastic

Sarcastic: marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt. Think "quick-witted with a sharp tongue that should be used sparingly."

Facetious: treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant. Think "quick-witted, humorous."

Most of the time, people say they are being sarcastic. Unless they're being particularly cruel or stabbing with their words, they are probably being facetious.

For more information and examples about these two words, please see the following websites:
The Common Parlance
Impartations of a Shrinking Word Nerd

(as a side note, I've noticed that I am about as sarcastic as I am facetious... hooray for being blunt, er something.)

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