Sunday, March 20, 2011

Prompt 160: Sarcastic

This week's prompt is sarcastic. The Online Etymology Dictionary tells us this about the word:

sarcasm
1570s, from L.L. sarcasmos, from Gk. sarkasmos "a sneer, jest, taunt, mockery," from sarkazein "to speak bitterly, sneer," lit. "to strip off the flesh," from sarx (gen. sarkos) "flesh," prop. "piece of meat," from PIE base *twerk- "to cut" (cf. Avestan thwares "to cut"). Sarcastic is from 1690s. For nuances of usage, see humor.
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