Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sardonic from Sardinia? Who knew?


sardonic (sahr-DON-ik) adjective
Marked by scorn, mockery, and cynicism.
[After Sardinia, a large island in the Mediterranean. Eating a Sardinian plant was believed to produce facial convulsions as if in a maniacal laughter.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus.

"In no time the plot becomes less and less tangible as Merde Happens evolves into one long, sardonic diatribe by a Brit about the (exaggerated) strangeness of America -- when his French girlfriend isn't snarking about it."
-- Alan Wong; Sardonic Mirth; The Star (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia);
May 9, 2008.

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