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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Thanks very much for your help in inspiring the third haiku in my Commanding and Demanding (Haiku Quintet).ReplyDelete
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