First, I can't recognize the sentence in the title question... it doesn't make sense in any language I know of... from what I can tell, it's complete gibberish... Did your cat happen to run across your keyboard?
Secondly, I think the ability to understand irony and sarcasm is a function of intelligence. Also, there is a difference between understanding irony and sarcasm and appreciating irony and sarcasm. Appreciating it is a function of a person's sense of humor, which I think is at least a little culturally based. As an American, I can assure you that many of us do appreciate irony and sarcasm; and as an American who has lived in Texas, California, and New York, I can tell you that I have been much freer to express my sarcastic self since I moved to New York.
The problem is that so many people misuse sarcasm and irony because they really don't know what they are. Well timed and well crafted irony is, in my opinion, the most beautiful thing in any language. So you should feel free to use irony and sarcasm as long as they're a part of an intelligent joke or observation, given that you execute them properly (so... not just as a snide comment, which I've found is how most people are sarcastic, and that's just no fun at all).
As far as these things being part of a language issue, I speak Spanish, and I've been able to be successfully sarcastic and ironic in Spanish. I haven't tried in any other language that I speak because I'm most fluent in Spanish (after English), and I'm not as advanced in the others. And since I already sound like a small, slightly retarded child when I speak the others (and sometimes in Spanish and English as well), I'd rather not fail horribly in making a joke on top of it all. At least with sarcasm, a lot of it has to do with the tone of voice. So, the speaker has to feel comfortable enough speaking the language to be able to manipulate their tone appropriately, and that definitely requires a certain amount of expertise.
Oh, and also (last thing, I promise), it's much harder to be successfully ironic and sarcastic online, or in writing generally. When you can't impose a tone on your words in writing, it's much easier for people to miss the humor. I think that's why Oscar Wilde is so popular; it's really difficult to write in an ironic or sarcastic tone, and yet his tone is always unmistakeable. Unless you're dumb.
· 1 decade ago