Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Sarcasm/Verbal Disrespect

  • A bemused smile
  • Asking questions that imply you already know the answer
  • A too-sweet tone
  • Choosing words that cut, degrade, or diminish
  • A hand wave that dismisses someone as unimportant
  • Raising the voice to draw attention to one's words
  • Rapid, snappy responses
  • Narrowed eyes that glitter with a hard or unkind amusement
  • Shaking the head while another is speaking
  • A loud smacking of the lips or tsking in a condescending manner
  • Verbal agreement infused with impatience or rudeness: Okay, sure or Whatever you say
  • Belittling one's ideas, words, or viewpoint
  • Pursed lips
  • Asking questions geared to discomfort the other person
  • Tossing the head


beth said...

"A languid hand gesture that suggests you want the other person to speak or take the floor when it's clear you think they'll only prove their idiocy"

HAHAHA!!! Love it!

Angela said...


PJ Hoover said...

OMG, Thursday already!
I love the sarcasm one! Too often my characters just smirk or roll their eyes.

Jill Wheeler said...

Ha, love the last one!

I'm definitely going to use some of these!

Angela said...

Glad we can help, PJ & Jill!

heyjude said...

A & B this is a REALLY great blog!!! Wonderful to have these thing all together like this! thanks heaps for doing it.

Kate said...

I've seen so many of these at high school - from teachers and students. Spot on!

Yunaleska said...

I've said it before, somewhere, but this site is going to help revolutionise my characters. They smile way too often!

christine said...

I came here through "Rhymes with Bacon," and loved your list so much I had to stop and tell you so.

Married people are well acquainted with this particular list, but how enjoyable to see the wide range of sarcasm articulated here.

I was thinking that for the fifth one down you could also say, "asking loaded questions." As a teacher I've had plenty of those. And as a mother I've asked plenty of them.

Angela said...

Thanks so much, Heyjude, Kate and Yuna. We're happy to help.

Christine, thanks for popping in. I love 'loaded questions and I'll add it to the list. Thanks!

Bish Denham said...

Great! Sarcasm, for me, as so much to do with tone. Tone of voice, tone of stance, tone of look. My mother used to say to me, "Don't look at me in that tone of voice!"
Sacasm...It's a two edged sword...one edge is humor, the other edge is hurt.

RGraham said...

Thank you for adding Sarcasm to your material. As always, your generosity in providing this special thesaurus is sincerely appreciated.

Now, if I may, How much trouble would it be to "show" here, the difference between Sarcasm and Sardonicism? (yes, that's spelled correctly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardonicism)

I have spent a lot of time trying to find an authoritative explanation of what that difference would be, but to no satisfying end. Perhaps some day an educated poster will shed some light on this.

The best I've been able to come up with is, Sarcasm is expressed in words. Sardonicism is expressed without words.

Robert Graham
Washington state, USA

In Search of the Seventh Kingdom

Angela Ackerman said...

Great question! From what I can glean, sarcasm is more biting, acid and wholly verbal, whereas sardonicism is more an implication of mockery or disdain that slightly less sharp and more subtle, and can be delivered not only through words but conveyed without them (facial expression or a combo of facial and body language).

Your question has made me think tho that this entry should also include sardonicism in the title tho, so I will rename it.

Thanks for your thoughts here and for asking me to clarify. The entry is better for it. :)


Jaliya said...

Sarcasm = psychic shrapnel.


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