What is verbal irony? - Christopher Warner

View full lesson: At face value, the lines between verbal irony, sarcasm, and compliments can be blurry. After all, the phrase 'That looks nice' could be all three depending on the circumstances. In the final of a three part series on irony, Christopher Warner gets into the irony you may use most often and most casually: verbal irony. Lesson by Christopher Warner, animation by Ben Pearce.

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It really helps that you say not all verbal irony is sarcastic and proceed not to give any examples.
I love to use verbal irony and being sarcastic. Isn't it lovely?
If I'm not mistaken verbal irony involves communicating something that unofficially means something different than what's being literally said or done (in replacement of it or in addition to it) but not necessarily the opposite and sarcasm specifically involves saying or communicating something that is the opposite of what one thinks or feels. It (sarcasm and verbal irony in general) is inherently self-contradicting (non-ironic metaphor isn't self-contradicting because in the context that someone says something that is literally untrue they're only saying one thing and not pretending otherwise). I think overt sarcasm is less ambiguous than non-overtly sarcastic irony because it has only one 'real' intended meaning, there is no official pretense that what's being said is sincere.
When you had a bad day and someone asks, "How's your day been?" and you respond, "It's been good." That's verbal irony.
The lesson I leanred from this video: How to sound like a total cunt.
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Well also bullying
Nice
Hold on, does this mean that having ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife isn't actually ironic?
I watched these today at school I'm on 8th grade but the kids in my class thought this one was hilarious and I did to๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
0:50 "it's a beautiful day outside birds are singing flowers are blooming"
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I thought it said they were animators i can draw better and im 12
Isn't that sarcasm
I sat through three minutes just for him to say "I can't be arsed making the other half of this video so you can just go off and do it yourself." How charming...
So... Verbal irony is lying, right?
"Knot, a man, and chair merged to break the fatherโ€™s service to love and parent"would be verbal irony with a hint of sarcasm?Or perhaps the reader needs to see more of the text to determine sarcasm?
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Great teaching video - helps the adults as well!
They just said "Sarcasm is verbal irony plus being mean" several times.
I'm autistic and this really was helpful.
Well I mean what i say, at least i say what i mean, and its the same thing.
Thank you for the video.
For what grade is this video?
As an autistic person I find this REALLY HELPFUL
Everyone here has commented sarcastically
It's hard to understand the comments as you cannot hear tone of voice through text. I'm just going to guess that everyone is going to be sarcastic.
Yeah great job guys you didn't give us one example of verbal irony without sarcasm. Wow I didn't even notice my use of "great job" until after reading other comments.
I want you to teach me grammar
Sooo irony is like being funny and sarcasm is being mean yeah?
Is it sarcasm or irony? Well, I think I can decide between the two.
Thanks for the vid this will really help for my English fรฎnal
I learnt wat is sarcasm today and I never....EVER Would have known what it was....
I think what we get from this is that good natured sarcasm is verbal irony. It would be nice if they gave an example of it.
Verbal irony makes no sense without sarcasm
That is not what a sarcasmisc tone sounds like
At the end when it says "no verbal irony here" that's verbal irony.
So it took 3 minutes to explain sarcasm?
I love the ending
Sheldon Cooper should be watching this.
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Extremely clear explanation.
The cartoon was so cute ๐Ÿ˜˜
I literally have no idea if these comments are sarcastic or not... I'm not being sarcastic.
"Break a leg" There you go, one of the few examples of something that is easily defended as non-sarcastic verbal irony that is not simply lying. You are saying the 'opposite' of what you intend (wishing someone good luck by telling them to undergo bad luck) and the intent is to be helpful, not mean.
"The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention." Now that. IS. Irony.
Or lying?
Gee! I *NEVER* knew about this before!
What real irony is? Being late to receive your award for always being in time
So would intentionally lying be verbal irony without sarcasm?
When the nuclear apocalypse arrives and you have nosupplies or bunker. Dis is fine. ;-;
Tbh, when the sun is shining is not my favorite weather. I like it when it's either 1) The sky is grey and it's just about to rain or 2) When it is raining and it's coming down hard
Sarcasm: verbal irony
Yay! Opposite day!
Never gave an example of verbal irony without sarcasm
I love using verbal irony and on occasion with a little bit of sarcasm.
But verbal irony by itself seems a lot like just being sarcastic because in a way the matter how you put it it always sounds mean and like you have attitude
Way too much talking in the end. I don't think he meant it...
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My Verbal Irony - Sarcasm Example: Me: I got accepted to college! Friend: Oh my God! Get out! Me: *I frown, turn around and leave.
Sarcastic people tend to have inferiority complex.
Great video I mean it no verbal irony ^^
Sarcasm? Doesn't? Have? To? Be? Mean?
All Americans should watch this.
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Nice video!
The sarcasm sounds faggoty.
100% clear and best video on verbal irony on youtube.
I laughed at the last bite,anyone else?
What about people that like rainy days?
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One would be having a hard time distinguishing verbal irony with sarcasm,unless they watched this
Coming from Germany I wonder if there are cultural differences. Whenever I write an ironical comment, Americans use to misunderstand me as being sarcastic.
That was literally the worst sarcastic voice I have ever heard in my entire life. Seriously, he just sounds like a valley girl.
1:08 why'd he get a light "gay" accent
That's ironic
-Great video-
The weather example is not exclusively true though. I for one think that a good storm is some amazing weather
I thought it was a girl not a boy
This video is amazing?
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* get one second into it * *slams down computer and throws it out of the window * no just just no I'm not watching that no school at home no.
You're all drunk
I sware these are idioms?!
But isn't sarcasm a sub-version of irony?
What is verbal irony? Apparently, it's being a sarcastic smartass...
So Verbal Irony is pretty much sarcasm
Verbal irony without sarcasm can be found with young children as they learn their mother tongue. In this period they can ex. say to a grown up that a paper is black, despite knowing it is white. They might do this to pratice argumentation, to get confirmation that the paper is in deed white, to practice negotiation or to annoy (because annoying grown ups you trust is really fun). It's a way for them to learn how language shapes the way we understand and communicate about the world around us.
Great video.
Where I live, in Ireland, there is almost never any sarcasm in the phrase "Lovely weather we're having", it is purely ironic.We also have the phrase 'soft day' to mean the same thing, but with a hint of comedy
I still haven't seen an example of sarcasm-free verbal irony.
How do you know that's the opposite of what he means? You can't think what he thinks so how could you possibly know that's what he meant?
Verbal irony? Isn't that sarcasm?
This isn't really correct. The comparison is moot because the words describe different things. You can't 'be' ironic in the same sense that you can be sarcastic. 'Ironic' doesn't describe something with intent, 'sarcastic' does. Irony describes things, situations, etc. Sarcasm describes intent. When someone says "great job" after their friend rear-ends someone, they are deliberately *being* sarcastic. When you break your smartphone after just getting it replaced and you go "oh, great", you are describing irony, but you yourself are not 'being' ironic, because there is no deliberate act of being ironic. The situation is ironic, you are still being sarcastic. The sarcasm is used to acknowledge the irony of what's happening.
Can anybody explain how condescending different from this?
Hey guys! I asked a buddy and he gave a great example! He said "It's as clear as mud"! This is a verbal irony.
Wow this video doesn't want to make me kill myself with a dull pencil at all nope (((((:
Thunderstorm+"We have nice weather today!"=Verbal Irony Thunderstorm+"Ugh, jeez the weather is great!"=Sarcasm Is this right?

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