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Is sarcasm the lowest form of wit?

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Sarcasm is seen as one of the highest forms of wit and when it is done correctly it is exceedingly amusing. Cleverness is required for an individual to comprehend and utilize sarcasm. Nonetheless, sarcasm should be used carefully, because it can easily turn from humorous to tactless and hurtful.

Oscar Wilde is often credited with saying, “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence,” however, the quote was not found in Wilde’s writings. The true source is unknown. In 1695 the word sarcastic made its first appearance in the English language and it was surrounded by a negative connotation.


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