Definition: Sardonic; (Pronounced: särˈdänik); Greek; adjective
1. Bitterly sarcastic.
Why I love this word:
To be sardonic is to be grimly mocking or cynical. This is a common form of expression in my household to be quite honest. But I promise it's in the most light-hearted way. My family is notorious for making fun of each other, and this word makes me smile today because it relates so perfectly to a conversation I had last night. My mom has recently dyed her hair from black to very very light brown and blonde highlights and my brothers found this oddly amusing and they didn't like it at all. Afar from my brothers making fun of her every time she walked past their room, my dad and I made a comment that may have stung a little more than a nine year old saying 'you look weird.' In this conversation, my mom said something so silly that my dad and I looked at each other and were worried if all that bleach was turning her into a bimbo. Then the words "well your hair now matches your personality" came out and the three of us died laughing. I get my sarcasm from my father for sure, but I think this cynicism keeps our family on our toes. We do it for everyone's amusement so it's all good in the Dondonyan household...for the most part.
Photograph by Amanda Tipton