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Sarcasm can express our expectations as well as our disappointments.
When rain spoils an outdoor picnic, and you say, "We picked a fine day for this," it means you had hoped it would be sunny and you're unhappy about the rain.
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You say something you don't literally mean, and the hearer only understands if they get that you're insincere. The ability to recognize sarcasm is an essential skill to function in a modern society that thrives on irony.
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Studies revealed that exposure to sarcasm enhances problem-solving. It appears to stimulate complex thinking.
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The inability to understand sarcasm may be a warning sign of brain conditions.
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Sarcasm has a two-faced quality: it's funny and mean.
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Not everyone thinks sarcasm is funny. There is also not just one way to be sarcastic. Sarcasm can be implied with pitch, tone, volume, pauses, duration, and punctuation.
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Charles Darwin once declared emotional tears "purposeless."
Humans are the only creatures whose tears are not only a result of pain or irritation but can be triggered by their feelings. Emotional crying remains one of the human body's mysteries.
Children need socialization to develop a feel for humor. They must understand that they are sharing an experience with another person.
We do this by engaging in eye contact and laughing and sharing reactions together.
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