How to Say “Sarcastic” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

Mon | Jun 03

How to Say “Sarcastic” in Hebrew – Ulpan La-Inyan

Sarcasm can range from benign to hurtful. For that spectrum Hebrew has several words.
1. 
There’s the borrowed term from English – סרקסטי
. This is the most neutral of the terms.
For example:
אני לא מבינה – אתה סרקסטי או רציני?
I (a female) don’t understand – are you (a male) sarcastic or serious?
2.
Another word borrows from European languages, among them English: ציני
– cynical. In Hebrew, ציני
doesn’t necessarily carry the jaded connotation of “cynical”. 
Cynicism is ציניות
, as in:
למה את תמיד מדברת בציניות?
Why do you (a female) always talk cynically (with cynicism)?
3.
The darkest version of sarcasm appears in the one proper-Hebrew word – עוקצני
. It comes from the root ע.ק.צ
that has to do with stinging. Essentially, עוקצני
means biting or stinging, to the point of being offensive as in:
הוא ממש עוקצני היום – כדאי לשמור מרחק.
He’s really sarcastic today – it’s best to keep a distance.

Share This Page

More Links

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.