Oscar Wilde once said, "Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence." Regardless, PR experts and marriage counselors often advise their clients to stay away from it. The reason is simple: this form of expression can sting others, hurting people and harming relationships. As a communication tool, it dances on the edge of conflict.

But sometimes, throwing sparks and seeing if they catch fire is precisely what you want. Especially when everyone and everything around you tickles your nerves. Which is something we all sometimes feel. (I hope.)

So let's take a look at the Instagram account 'Sarcasm Only.' Sharing memes, tweets, and all kinds of content, it manages to pinpoint universal human emotion despite firing shots in every direction. If there's one place you need to get through a lousy, it's this little corner of the internet. I mean, why else would 16 million people follow it?

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

Brain Baba's!

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Buren
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4 months ago

I am not ready for this s**t.

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In fact, scientists are finding that the ability to detect sarcasm really is useful. For the past 20 years, linguists, psychologists, neurologists, and other researchers have been analyzing our ability to perceive snarky remarks and gaining new insights into how the mind works. Their studies have shown that exposure to sarcasm enhances creative problem solving, for instance.

You could say sarcasm detection is an essential skill if one is going to function in a modern society dripping with irony. "Our culture, in particular, is permeated with sarcasm,” Katherine Rankin, a neuropsychologist at the University of California at San Francisco, told Smithsonian Magazine. "People who don't understand sarcasm are immediately noticed. They're not getting it. They're not socially adept."

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

Hope she can come do my place on the weekends!

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Olivia Lisbon
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4 months ago

You mean it made you adorable?

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

13 going on 30?

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Sarcasm is so popular in 21st-century America that according to one study of a database of telephone conversations, 23 percent of the time that the phrase "Yeah, right" was used, it was uttered sarcastically.

Entire phrases have almost lost their literal meanings because they are so frequently said with a sneer. Take "Big deal," for example. When was the last time someone said that to you and actually meant it? "My heart bleeds for you" almost always equals "Tell it to someone who cares," and "Aren’t you special" means you aren’t.

"It's practically the primary language in modern society," John Haiman, a linguist at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the author of Talk is Cheap: Sarcasm, Alienation and the Evolution of Language, said.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

Let's start normalizing the fact that clothes are really expensive and deserve to be worn more than once!

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Caro Caro
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4 months ago

Hahaha this photo!

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Buren
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4 months ago

Joke on them, I am not that fun.

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Sarcastic statements are sort of a true lie. People are saying something they don’t literally mean, but the communication works as intended only if their listener gets that they're insincere.

Some language experts suggest sarcasm is used as a sort of gentler insult, a way to tone down criticism, but their opponents have found that the mocking, smug, superior nature of sarcasm is perceived as more hurtful than a plain-spoken criticism.

The Greek root for sarcasm, sarkazein, means to tear flesh like dogs. Haiman thinks dog-eat-dog sarcastic commentary is just part of our quest to be cool. "You're distancing yourself, you're making yourself superior. If you're sincere all the time, you seem naive."

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

I was going to comment something smart but I'm so tired. I'll do it tomorrow.

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ZAPanda
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4 months ago (edited)

EXACTLY. this is why I refuse, despite being a good cook. Time is money. I just buy pre-made. Apologies to underpaid pre-made sandwich workers.

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XSpooky_Mint
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4 months ago

Loki! CHILD!

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Research has also shown that sarcasm can be easily misinterpreted, especially when served electronically. In one study, 30 pairs of university students were given a list of statements to communicate, half of which were sarcastic and half of which were serious: some students communicated their messages via e-mail and others via voice recordings.

Participants who received the voice messages accurately gleaned the sarcasm (or lack thereof) 73 percent of the time, but those who received the statements via e-mail did so only 56 percent of the time, hardly better than chance. Additionally, the e-mailers had anticipated that 78 percent of participants would pick up on the sarcasm inherent in their sarcastic statements. That is, they badly overestimated their ability to communicate their tone.

At least sarcasm goes well with memes!

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DennyS (denzoren)
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4 months ago

Those were the days. Spending all night reading...simpler times.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

My Mom and I be like: 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎙️🎙️🎶🎶🎶🎶🎙️🎙️🎶🎶🎶🎶

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WilvanderHeijden
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4 months ago

According to my dietician the worst thing you can do is eat or drink on an empty stomach, at least that's what I understood when I read her list of do's and don'ts.

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

A rare sighting of Brown Meg, legendary guardian of Britain

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd like a refund please.

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Buren
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4 months ago

Three weeks??? Expectation nowadays!

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

It's the American way.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago (edited)

Me when I'm in a hurry.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

EVERY. TIME.

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Loretta
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4 months ago

To be fair the last thing I need is someone being obsessed with me. I'd like to have a healthy relationship please.

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DennyS (denzoren)
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4 months ago

EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

POV: When your friend brings one of their other friends to lunch but you don't know the other friend so you just sit there awkwardly while they reminisce about something they did 4 years ago.

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ZAPanda
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4 months ago

This is actually brilliant because it will save the hassles of a divorce.

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Olivia Lisbon
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4 months ago

But if you were stranded somewhere in danger at 3am and needed them you know they’d come.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

I hope it's not a chili pepper cake, because you don't need the extra burn.

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

"I should never have eaten Plasticene"

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Olivia Lisbon
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4 months ago

It’s just a scratch!

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

Pre-K 401k.

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

I can't even pick out clothes in 15 minutes! 😄

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

How to scare off kidnappers 101:

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

Why do people do this? This is the worst!

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Donkey boi
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4 months ago

Oh it's happening!

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

"No. I also missed the litterbox by a considerable margin"

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

Awww, that is just too cute.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

Well yeah that's why its called "after work". I don't exist to the outside world after 8pm.

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Demi Zwaan
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4 months ago

Yup, rich will do that to you. All the money in the world for surgery, injections, make-up and photoshop.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

The second picture is me right now.

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Mistralok
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I can relate to this. If I can't sleep well at night and get up before dawn, all I have to do is make breakfast and I'm back in bed in no time.

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

Enjoy the absence of toxic drama

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

SAVAGE FLORA!

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william mcgloin
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4 months ago

Poor girl, you only think you know the pain... Wait 20 years and think back. You'll see...

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

I got some like totally awesome flossers to go with that!

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Jiminy
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4 months ago

Not really different for many men under 30.

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Francis
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4 months ago

Long Island Icetea

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ThatGuv
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4 months ago

Every day is a Monday if you work all those days. It's pretty Meh...

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

Until the next retrograde or full moon...

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Demi Zwaan
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4 months ago

PIVOT! PIVOT! PIVOT!

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

McLies.

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Madison Feehan
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4 months ago

It's the butterfly effect.

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