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Sarcasm definition and examples in literature and everyday life

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sarcasmSarcasm is widely promoted by pop culture and social media these days.TV shows like “Friends”, “The Big Bang Theory” and animated series like “The Simpsons”, “Futurama”, “Family Guy”, “American Dad” and many others use sarcasm constantly in their range of striking jokes. But what is sarcasm, exactly? Sarcasm is a form of verbal irony that is used to mock and deride, however this does not necessarily mean that whoever uses it is mean or vicious. Sarcastic statements in speech are often distinguished by changes and in voice and intonation, sometimes supported by certain gestures or mimics, like rolling the eyes. Recognizing sarcasm from other literary methods Sarcasm can easily be mistaken for irony, satire or cynicism. Although irony is usually a feature of sarcasm, it means just saying the direct contrary to what one has in mind. Satire is used to caricature, mock and make fun of an individual or situation, often in political connotation. Cynicism is a broader concept that implies a general suspicion toward the motives of other people. Sarcasm and literature Sarcasm in literature is primarily used to create a brighter image of a witty character. It also enriches and freshens the story up with jokes without making them look awkward and unnatural. For example: ‘What were you doing under our window, boy?’ ‘Listening to the news,’ said Harry in a resigned voice. His aunt and uncle exchange looks of outrage. ‘Listening to the news! Again? ‘Well, it changes every day, you see,’ said Harry. This passage from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a vivid example of sarcasm. Harry, who, by the way, often uses sarcasm as a weapon against powerful people, whom he despises, in this case has noted his uncle’s lack of logical thinking and intelligence. Some authors, however, avoid using sarcasm in their work. For instance, Thomas Carlyle, although was a satirical writer, scorned sarcasm and said “Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.” On the contrary, Fyodor Dostoevsky considered sarcasm as a tool of self-defense: “usually the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded. ” It is quite notable, that even the Bible has sarcastic lines, albeit this would probably be the last book you’d consider reading in search of them: in the book of ‘Exodus,’ Moses says, ‘Was there a lack of graves in Egypt, that you took us to die in the wilderness?’ Sarcasm and education Sarcasm in educational system is one of the most controversial themes to debate about, as people’s perception of this literary method seem to be diverse. Some think that sarcastic jokes are as innocent as any other, whereas others consider them offensive and see them as an act of self-assertion on someone’s expense. Of course, it is important to eliminate sarcasm from the routine of teaching in schools, as children do not have as developed sense of humor as adults do, and thus, what seems witty for a teacher might feel like something cruel for a kid. Sarcasm in college can be justified by the age of the students: they are mature enough to understand jokes and ingenious enough to respond to them in a proper manner. Nevertheless, researchers say that it is better to avoid sarcasm in a classroom at all. They explain this advice with the assertion that when a person is determined to study, one is prepared for potential embarrassment associated with the fear of failure to perform well. Hence, there is no need to increase the level of stress that student is already exposed to. Moreover, what was reckoned as an ingenuous joke from a teacher can escalate into an avalanche of mocking from classmates, thus the teacher should think twice before practicing sarcasm in class. Can sarcasm be beneficial? Despite the growing popularity of sarcasm, experts in social studies and communication still recommend avoiding it in any kind of interpersonal relationships. They see it as a slippery slope that inevitably leads to conflicts. The cooperative research of Li Huang, Francesca Gino and Adam Galinsky has shown that direct critique and reproach are taken better than sarcastic comments. Surprisingly, in social experiments where one person was acting wrong, and the other made a sarcastic remark about it, respondents were more gracious towards people who were mocked. In other words, people would rather forgive you for what you did than what you said. Moreover, the respondents in this study were hostile towards sarcasm in any form: spoken or written. Oscar Wilde, the famous sarcastic mastermind referred to sarcasm as “the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence”, and he could not be more accurate. The thing is, that other experiments held by the same group of scientists had proven that using sarcasm can enhance creative thinking. In this study, volunteers were divided into groups, where they had to make a conversation, choosing their phrases from a suggested list with both sarcastic and nonchalant phrases. Consequently, all the respondents had to perform some tasks where they had to apply their creative skills, and those individuals who were exposed to sarcasm had shown significantly better results. Human brain has to enable complex cognitive skills in order to process sarcasm, and overcome the contrary between what is said and what is meant. To mock or not to mock? So, is there a reason why sarcasm is so popular, yet so despised? Apparently, everyone likes to make fun, but no one likes being made fun of. The only plausible advice is to use sarcasm at your own risk. While there are numerous other ways to boost your cognitive skills, there is not so much you can do to recommence your relationships with other people after some uneasy jokes. About the author Piper Perry, major in Mass Communication and Public Relations. Essay writer for pro-papers.com]]>

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Mr Macaroni, Tosin Olaseinde, Taiwo Adeyemi Set To Speak At New Media Conference 2022

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The 2022 edition of New Media Conference is scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at British Council Nigeria, Ikoyi, Lagos. (more…)

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Dr. Michael K Obeng, R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Worldwide Inc. to conduct free reconstructive surgeries in Ghana this October

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Barely three months after performing free reconstructive surgeries in Yaounde Cameroon, R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Worldwide Inc., led by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Michael K. Obeng, is headed to Accra, Ghana.

The team of selfless and dedicated health officials is expected to arrive in Accra on Saturday, October 8.

Screening of patients will take place on Sunday, October 9, with surgeries to begin Monday, October 10 through to Friday, October 15.

The mission will be the team’s third medical mission this year after successful programs in Gambia and Cameroon early in the year.

This will be the 15th year that the R.E.S.T.O.R.E. team has embarked on such a humanitarian mission. The team of selfless volunteers has visited and performed reconstructive surgeries in Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Laos, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, and Vietnam.

As done over the years, the R.E.S.T.O.R.E. team will not only perform surgeries but also train a good number of local healthcare professionals as well as exchange ideas.

To date, R.E.S.T.O.R.E. has performed over 1,600 surgeries free of charge in three different continents, the monetary value exceeding $80 Million USD.

About R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Worldwide Inc.; The Foundation for Reconstructive Surgery

R.E.S.T.O.R.E. is an acronym that stands for Restoring Emotional Stability Through Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts. It is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit medical service organisation that provides free reconstructive surgery and related medical services to children and adults with disfiguring deformities from birth, accidents and diseases involving not only the head and neck region, but also the trunk, breasts, extremities, and genitalia. It was founded in 2007 by Dr. Michael K. Obeng.

As part of its mission, R.E.S.T.O.R.E. also educates and trains local medical professionals on the latest techniques and safety measures in plastic and reconstructive surgery, effecting change long after the R.E.S.T.O.R.E. team leaves these communities.

R.E.S.T.O.R.E. AT 15

Dr. Michael K. Obeng, MD, FACS – It is with great pleasure to announce that RESTORE Worldwide, Inc.; the Foundation for Reconstructive Surgery reaches its 15th anniversary this year!

I, as the founder, look back at these years with nostalgic fondness and am proud of the continuous expansion and growth, all made possible with the assistance of a strong donor base that helped us reach this milestone.

Since its inception in 2007, RESTORE and its dedicated group of noble volunteers completed missions in 11 different countries on three continents. The team has performed over 1500 surgeries all free of charge, with a great humanitarian aim to change people’s lives, and were not afraid to tackle complex reconstruction cases. The monetary value of surgeries performed has exceeded well over USD 80 million.  Moreover, a countless number of patients of all ages have indirectly benefited from the foundation’s work through non-surgical management and the training of local doctors.

Now, as RESTORE races towards its fifteenth anniversary, I am not only keen on replicating the same success, but also envision reaching new horizons with a goal of raising USD 2.5 million in a year to make an even greater impact. It is no secret that we have strong demand and constant requests for RESTORE missions in new regions and countries, all unfulfilled because of the heavy weight of logistical costs associated with providing medical and surgical supplies and transporting the team. While some donors provide value by donating time and volunteering, the non-profit needs donors to provide crucial financial support.

This year in June, we completed a mission to Cameroon and have upcoming trips that include Ghana in October and Senegal in December. If we reach our fundraising goal on this occasion, I envision RESTORE’s expansion to Central and South America, as well as Southeast Asia, and growing to become one of the leading non-profit, charity organizations across the globe.

Any support, great or small, helps RESTORE to get closer to its very special goal to change lives, give hope and make an impact.

As I deliver my deepest gratitude towards your generosity, I hope you will inspire others to make the same move, by supporting our noble cause.

About Dr. Michael K. Obeng

Dr. Michael K Obeng, popularly known as The Surgeon’s Surgeon is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon.

In March this year, Dr Obeng reached an agreement with Sushen Medicamentos PVT LTD. to build a $50 million WHO GMP-certified first-class pharmaceutical plant in Akwamu in the

Eastern Region of Ghana to curtail the importation of fake drugs into the country.

He also runs Global Health Solution, a consulting firm, that is bridging the gap between “morbidity and healthy living” in developing countries.

Dr. Obeng is among the rare few plastic surgeons in the world to successfully reattach a limb, and remove ribs to streamline the waist. He specializes in cosmetic surgery and complex

The Ghanaian-born surgeon gained global recognition in 2021 after successfully removing Gorilla Glue from the hair of “internet sensation” Tessica Brown by using bio-friendly chemicals he put together in less than 48 hrs.
He is a father, an award-winning motivational speaker, a philanthropist, a humanitarian, and a global health strategist..

Dr. Michael K. Obeng was named among “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America in 2011 and 2014.
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Blogger Kwame Motion has earned an appointment at PizzamanChickenman

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CEQA GHANA LIMITED (PizzamanChickenma) , a Ghanaian-owned Food and Beverage Company, has appointed Ghanaian blogger Kwame Motion as their Content Creator/ Official Blogger.
This means that he will be responsible for the dissemination of information pertaining the identity of the company to help reach a wider audience for the betterment of both brands.
Undoubtedly PizzamanChickenman is one of the most fastest growing local restaurant in Ghana, with Over 12 branches in Accra Within space of 1 year.
Over the years PizzamanChickenman has worked with Too Notch Celebrities and influencers in the Country including; Medikal, Fella Makafui, Kwesi Arthur, Dope Nation, Asakaa Boys Mona 4 Real, Nana Mitch, Zito and many others
Christian Boakye-Yiadom, a young Ghanaian man is the CEO for Pizzaman-Chickenman.
The first and fully Ghanaian owned Angel Investor company in Ghana QuickAngels are partners to this business.
For more information follow PizzamanChickenman on all social media platforms or  follow Kwame Motion on Instagram @kwamemotion1 and other social media platforms to get updates.
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Africa Movie Academy Awards: Ghanaian feature film ‘Borga’ leads nominations with 15 nods

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The organizers of the annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) have released the nominations list for the 2022 event. (more…)

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MultiChoice teams up with BetKing to launch SuperPicks for the new football season

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Africa’s leading entertainment company, MultiChoice, in collaboration with BetKing, a leading sports betting and digital entertainment company has officially launched SuperPicks in Ghana. (more…)

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5 Ways Genealogy Testing Can Help Improve and Extend Lifespans

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Since the dawn of time, one of the most driving questions humans have tried to answer is how long they have to live. This question was unanswerable for thousands of years, but today, thanks to science and medical technology, one can ascertain their lifespan with genealogical or DNA tests. (more…)

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