Originally Posted by dkzzzz
Perpetual sarcasm and snark are modus operandi for American male conversations, possibly British too, but I cannot confirm it.
We have so much sarcasm and irony in British conversation sometimes it goes all the way from sarcasm through earnestness and back to sarcasm again. You end up in a state where you are sarcastic even about the things you are serious about, and only treat stupid stuff seriously. Sometimes you don't even know if you are being sarcastic till other people have replied, like Schroedinger's cat you need an outside observer to determine which of the two states you are in. And no sarcasm is not a measure of intelligence, subtle sarcasm and the sort of humour that genuinely can be interpreted both ways so only the few know you are joking might be intelligent, or something a little absurd. Crude sarcasm is just crude, it also doesn't show any imagination generally. I believe Oscar Wilde said something erudite on the topic.