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Sarcasm and the usage of it in languages.

Sarcasm in the English language is when a person says something when they really mean the opposite of what they said.  Sarcasm can be identified by the usage of verbal cues and particular words that hint at Sarcasm.  Sarcasm is used alot in the English language.  So much so that it could a that it could be considered an art within the Engish language.  Which brings me to the topic of the discussion.  Is Sarcasm used within your native language?  If so, is it used often?

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Yes, in Dutch and it's used just as much as in English.

 

Sarcasm doesn't look differently from a serious piece of text.

Goed gedaan! (Means 'Well done!') Can be serious, but sarcastic as well.

In Dutch, sarcasm is done by saying it in a tone that is the exact opposite of the emotion the message is supposed to represent.

 

When you say Goed gedaan! seriously, you make it sound happy, encouraging etcetera because Goed gedaan! is a happy and encouraging message.

When you say Goed gedaan! sarcasticly, you make it sound sad, monotone. Exactly the opposite of happy and encouraging.

 

To make it even more clear, some vowels get streched.

Tuurlijk! (Means 'Sure' or 'Ofcourse') is serious

Tuuuuuuuurlijk! is sarcastic. (However, in both cases it is written as 'Tuurlijk!')

In Spanish we use it a lot too, there are also lots of words with double meanings. As you said, sarcasm is an art ;)

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