Monday, October 8, 2012


We've come to a place where being snarky has become acceptable. It's easy to post a snarky comment somewhere on the internet so that you don't have to really deal with a situation in a mature way. We can say whatever we want and attach "just sayin'" to the end of it and pretend that it's ok. We share countless e-cards that say what we are really thinking but could leave others feeling not so great.

It's easy to disquise our true feelings with a little "lol". We make the excuse "but it's funny." Or "it's true."

But that doesn't make it right.

The definition of snarky is "testy or irritable; short."
Testy means to be "irritably impatient; touchy."
Touchy means "apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable."
To be irritable means "easily irritated or annoyed; readily excited to impatience or anger."

It's the synonyms of irritable that really open things up though...

snappish, petulant, resentful. Irritable, testy, touchy, irascible  are adjectives meaning easily upset, offended, or angered. Irritable  means easily annoyed or bothered, and it implies cross and snappish behavior: an irritable clerk, rude and hostile; Impatient and irritable, he was constantly complaining. Testy  describes the same kind of behavior or response, particularly to minor annoyances: always on edge, testy and sharp in response; testy and petulant, resenting any interruption. Touchy  emphasizes oversensitivity and readiness to take offense, even when none is intended: especially touchy about any reference to obesity. Irascible  means habitually angry or easily aroused to anger: an irascible tyrant, roaring at employees for the slightest error.

And there you have it. Perhaps we (myself included) should think on this a little more. Some seem to take pride in their snarkiness. Some seem to think it's ok because it's funny.  Some don't even consider the hurt that their snark may be causing another.

Perhaps we (myself included) should consider that when we are snarky we are those things listed above... testy and touchy, easily annoyed or bothered.

If snarkiness is a habit perhaps we should look deeper and ask ourselves why. I've often found that when I'm offended it's because of something in myself... not the other person. (Of course sometimes others are just downright mean and really do mean their offense.)  

Being snarky should not be something we are proud of. 

We can't control the way others act and yes, sometimes other people can really push our buttons. Being snarky won't change that. Being snarky only reveals who we are... and perhaps who we are annoys others. 

What are your thoughts on snarkiness?

(definitions from 


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