Not like it matters really, but can I ask a silly question?
“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence,” wrote that connoisseur of wit, Oscar Wilde.
Why is it that very often only the first half "sarcasm is the lowest form of wit" is quoted and the other half "the highest form of intelligence" is ignored?
I'm inclined to think that sarcasm/satire is a sophisticated linguistic expression. It is art. But then, language is part of culture. So, if there isn't a culture that appreciates the art of sarcasm/satire, it is received as nothing but offensive, I guess.