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 dictionary.com)