Originally Posted by alby
Actually it's called sarcasm.
For someone who plans to do an Mphil...you need to consult a dictionary more often.
•n. the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
- DERIVATIVES sarcastic adj. sarcastically adv.
- ORIGIN C16: from Fr. sarcasme, or via late L. from late Gk sarkasmos, from Gk sarkazein 'tear flesh', in late Gk 'gnash the teeth, speak bitterly' (from sarx, sark- 'flesh').
Now...that would fit...if my comment had been ironic...let's define irony, shall we?
irony1 / 'rni/
•n. (pl. ironies) the expression of meaning through the use of language signifying the opposite, typically for humorous effect. →a state of affairs that appears perversely contrary to what one expects. → (also dramatic or tragic irony) a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
- ORIGIN C16: via L. from Gk eirneia 'simulated ignorance', from eirn 'dissembler'.
Now...my comment wasn't ironic in the slightest...and thus wasn't sarcastic...it was bluntly honest...there IS a difference (sarcasm actually requires use of opposites...so "Wow, that's really really good...you should be like a famous painter or something..." would be more sarcastic)
Maybe you should learn to use a dictionary before you go to LSE, eh? They are a bunch of intellectually vain twats at that place, so you're unlikely to fit in if you don't know how to use a dictionary.