And that was not a sarcastic question. If you're feeling at all unsure about your ability to tell the difference between sarcasm and straightforward statements, learn all about the tests designed for just that.
We're used to kids being sassy, but not toddlers. At what age does sarcasm become understandable to a developing brain? The answer depends on the way that that sarcasm is delivered.
Spoiler alert! Seriously, if you haven't picked up The Amazing Spider-Man #700, which came out today, but you intend to, stop reading. Also, get off the internet, because most other sites are spoiling this news directly in their headlines.
Tragic news today reported in a hard-hitting Onion exclusive. A teenage girl, capable only of texting and rolling her eyes sarcastically has been declared legally brain-dead, and will be euthanized by her parents. Using this case as precedent, bodies are sure to be stacking up, judging by what I see on the subway…
Most of us are pretty good at picking up on sarcasm. Quite frankly, we have to be. Much of the way we communicate as a modern society is structured around subtle contextual cues that tell us whether someone's mockingly contemptuous or earnest. Many of us can even pick up on sarcasm when it's conveyed entirely via text.
For once, I'm not being sarcastic. You don't have to bother running your sarcasm-detecting algorithm over that headline, students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Because it's true!
Sometimes it's hard to tell when somebody online is complimenting you or being a douche. That's why a group of Israeli researchers invented the "Semi-supervised Algorithm for Sarcasm Identification," a program that recognizes sarcastic statements with 77 percent precision.
Because Americans just can't understand sarcasm, it's become necessary for a new form of punctuation to be invented. Welcome the SarcMark into your life, which costs $1.99 to download to your computer for UNLIMITED sarcasm alerts!