Funny vs. Mean Sarcasm

It's National Sarcastic Awareness Month. As funny as it sounds, sarcasm can have a deep impact and can even be hurtful. Sarcasm is biting remark that’s meant to send a message disguised as humor.

The difference between sarcasm that's funny and mean is its intent. Many people will hide what they’re really feeling about a topic or about someone in this thin veil of spiked humor. You can say something biting in a funny way. So the real meaning can get lost on you. You’re left wondering did they mean what they said or were they being funny?

If the target of your sarcasm isn't laughing then that's a sure sign they don't think it's funny. Their body language will let you know too. You'll see muscle tension, stern facial expressions, eye blocking, lips twitching and facial touching.

3 Ways To Detect Sarcasm

This morning we’re talking about sarcasm since it’s National Sarcastic month. It can sometimes be hard to tell when someone is being sarcastic. A common way that people are sarcastic is by saying the opposite of what they really mean. For example, they’ll something positive when they mean something negative. “I love that outfit." even if they don't mean it.

People will give you compliment and mean it. Yes, the difference is the tone of voice and possibly, elongating the words. They tend to drag out what you’re saying. “That dress is gor-ge-ous.”

Body language plays a role in sarcasm. Look for incongruities in what someone says and what they show. For example, they may say that the new boss is great then they shouldn't show a face of disgust.

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Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.

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