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Minnesota Musing: Sarcasm - Why It's a Thing

Updated on November 2, 2016

What the Heck?

Sometimes people will stop someone in mid sentence and grimace and say "What the heck?" Usually, it's because some subject that is discussed hits some mental nerve and the recipient of the bit of news has some sort of argument against.

There is an unspoken mental border of rules that people are expected to conform to. If this conformation is not adhered to, many will assert their opinion of stupidity. "Oh, that's so stupid." This, alternate situation, would be the answer. The way to go.

You Would Think

Many will say "You would think" almost like a comma in their sentence. You would think that someone would have come up with the idea, wouldn't you? You would hope that they had thought out the situation before they started. Isn't that what they get paid to do? Isn't that their job?


Almost an expression of surprise, or a question of mentality. Always an argument. Someone who says it almost always has a string of very opinionated adjectives to follow.

Are You Kidding Me?

No, really. Are you? Kidding me? No one in their right mind would do such a thing.


Yes. Ugh. Pronounced uh-guh.

An expression that is used to express dismay or displeasure. Like ish. Or yuck. Or gross. Or that is so disgusting.

Always an Negative Opinion

Sarcasm is a negative opinion, usually shared by two or more people. Unity in numbers. Perhaps not the right opinion, but bullies will have the majority. Who can be the loudest in an argument.

Punctuated by a low, throaty laugh. Or, a short, clipped exhale. Many times, sarcasm is an angry joke.

A low expectation. A verbal deliverance of disapproval. Sometimes known as dry humor. Only two people with a similar opinion will agree. A comment that is stated, but can be taken more than one way in context, depending on the mood of the two conversational participants.

Agree to disagree.


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    • firstcookbooklady profile image

      Char Milbrett 17 months ago from Minnesota

      Thanks, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is such a clever niche you have going here with the Minnesota thing. I like it. As for the sarcasm, I was born and raised on it. My wife the exact opposite. That makes for some interesting conversations between us. LOL