Irony vs. Sarcasm

Good morning class. 😏 Today we will discuss the difference between irony and sarcasm. No, they are not interchangeable.

*There will be a test at the end of the lesson.

Irony– Doocy is a paid journalist.

Sarcasm– I love that guy. (Really, I detest him.)

Irony– Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who calls the shots in Congress, is angry because Majority Leader Schumer yelled at Senate Republicans.

Sarcasm– McConnell has never treated Democrats with disrespect. (Really, he wrote the book on disrespect.)

Irony– Donald Trump, the man who led an attempt to overthrow the government is still a free man who poses a real threat to national security. Meanwhile, 1/6 mascot, idiot goat-boy, is languishing in a prison that offers organic food.

Sarcasm– Our justice system works well. (Really, there is no justice.)

Irony– Senator Kyrsten Sinema campaigned on a promise of lower pharmaceutical drug prices but accepted a $750,000 bribe and voted in the interest of big pharma.

Sarcasm– I love that gal. (Really, I don’t.)

Irony- Democratic Senator Joe Manchin opposes demolishing the filibuster which requires a 60-40 vote in the Senate to pass a bill, rather than a simple majority. He then votes yes, to forward a bill that includes climate reform knowing it will fail. Manchin has stock in coal and the filibuster allows him to vote with democrats while preserving his coal investment.

Sarcasm- Manchin taught his offspring selfless humanity. His daughter is Heather Bresch, the Mylan Pharmaceutical CEO who hiked the price of the EpiPen, (the life-saving device for allergies, ) 400%, then raised her salary 600%. (Really, neither Manchin nor Bresch is capable of ethical behavior.)

Irony– Steve Bannon is claiming attorney-client privilege as his reason to refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena. Steve Bannon is not now, nor has he ever been an attorney. He would have as much luck claiming doctor-patient confidentiality.

Sarcasm– Steve Bannon would make a great lawyer or doctor. (Really, just not true.)

Irony– There was a collective sigh of relief when member of the House 1/6 Commission, Liz Cheney, rebuffed a viral video of political strategist Rick Wilson claiming Congress would not punish those who refuse to comply with the committee’s subpoenas. She responded “That is not true. We will enforce subpoenas.” Then on official letterhead wrote: “We will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral.”

Sarcasm– I am confident justice will prevail. (Really, I think we’re headed toward authoritarianism.)


Sarcasm: Things are looking up. (We are on the brink of losing our democracy.)

Irony- The same “pro-life” people who want to legislate a woman’s reproductive choices are crying “my body my choice,” regarding government mask mandates.

POP QUIZ Is the following statement irony or sarcasm:

Every week, my neighbor pays professional landscapers to blow their leaves onto neighboring lawns. Within 24 hours, easterly winds blow all the leaves back.

👏🏼 Irony is the correct answer!

Sarcasm: I lose sleep over this. (Really, I just shake my head.)

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