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October 10, 2007 5:26 AM Subscribe
What is it called when the sarcasm is actually masking sincerity?
posted by ferociouskitty to Writing & Language (29 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Example: You're with your boss and his superior, joking around and having a good time. The superior asks you how your boss is doing his job, and you reply with a big smile and wink, "Oh, he's terrible. Most disorganized fellow I've ever met," and give your boss a playful jab in the ribs, to obviously indicate that no, you think your boss is wonderful and organized. But the reality is that the words you spoke are your true opinion, and you just used the delivery to imply otherwise. Other than plain ol' passive-agressive, is there a term for this?