I am not surrounded by Black People most of the time... but when I am... I have noticed that my people exhibit a lot of SARCASM - which is a type of avoidance behaviour (negative). I am trying to now figure out if Black Men or Black Women are more sarcastic? What is the purpose of SARCASM? A lot of our people address serious issues with SARCASM? WHy? From Webster: Main Entry: sar·casm Pronunciation: 'sär-"ka-z&m Function: noun Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwar&s- to cut 1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain <tired of continual sarcasms> 2 a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b : the use or language of sarcasm <this is no time to indulge in sarcasm> synonym see WIT Do you know people that are ALWAYS sarcastic? Are you a person that people accuse of always being sarcastic? If so, why do you use sarcasm? What are you avoiding? Why can't you be direct?