Snarkology definition…The ability to speak in a sarcastic or mocking manner, sometimes also referred to as a left handed compliment or a zinger.

Never heard this word before??  Not surprising.  I made it up.  I like it because it covers a range of issues that insinuate themselves into our everyday conversation.  This would include such things as one liners, put downs, and off hand remarks.  Most of us have either received or made snarky comments.  Here are a couple that I can relate to personally.

One time upon entering my office wearing a new suit, I was approached by two of our salesmen.  One of them, running his fingers down the lapel said “Nice suit.  I hear that style is coming back”, followed by the other saying “Too bad they didn’t have it in your size.”  Classic snarkology.

I once worked with a fellow that was what is called “vertically challenged.”  One day, he advised his co-workers that he had given his notice and had accepted a job with Hertz, whereupon one of them said “renting compact cars?”

Over the years, these types or remarks have been an integral part of our ability to communicate.  Many of these comments have been uttered by names known to most of us.  By illustration, here are a few that have been recorded for posterity.

Lady Astor to Winston Churchill.. “If you were my husband, I would flavor your coffee with poison.”
Churchill.. “Madam, if I were your husband, I should drink it.”

Noel Coward, commenting on a suit Edna Ferber was wearing once said “Edna, you look almost like a man”, to which she replied “So do you.”

In 1944, actress Mary Anderson was posing for publicity photos for Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Lifeboat”.    She approached him and asked “What is my best side Mr. Hitchcock” to which he replied “you’re sitting on it.”

The famous painter James Whistler was also a very witty man.  On one occasion, after having made a particularly clever observation, Oscar Wilde, the noted novelist and poet commented “I wish I had said that” to which Whistler replied “you will Oscar, you will.”

So here’s to Snarkology.  I lift a glass to the well placed retort and the well turned phrase.  Ours  to utter, receive, and/or just enjoy.


About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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10 Responses to Snarkology

  1. snoogiefisk says:

    I think I’ll add “Snarkologist” to my resume. It’s bound to be useful.


  2. laurie27wsmith says:

    Great word Bob. Try this, you have a large stomach and a friend says, “What’s in there, Bud or Schlitz.” you reply, “There’s a tap underneath, see for yourself.”


  3. bgbowers says:

    Love it! Sometimes, snarkology is all you’ve got 😉


  4. Here’s to a post that provided more than a few good laughs – I raise a glass to you, Oldmainer. We should all embrace the talent that goes into dishing out a good dose of snarkology.


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