Talk:blazing

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About the "sarcastic" definition:

  1. (sarcastically) very slow
    Garden snails move at a blazing speed of about .03 miles per hour.


I don't think this definiton should be here. I can understand that this word can be used sarcastically, just like any word, and the meaning is reversed...However, I don't think this word is especially used sarcasticaly. I encountered something similar at Talk:twist someone's arm, and I think that adding the "sarcastic" definition could mislead our readers - maybe sarcasm can't properly and concisely be explained in a dictionary. I might start a brainstorm of sarcasm at User:Jackofclubs/Sarcastic --Jackofclubs 17:46, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

While you could use just about any (ordinary) word sarcastically as you say, there are some words which are often used this way that should have the definition; the canonical example is bad. (the ety there for this sense is very odd...) And, in this case, the word could easily be misinterpreted as verb sense 3: the snail moves at .03 MPH when cutting a path. So we do need to mention that it can mean slow. Compare the man moves at a mowing speed of 3 miles per hour. See? Robert Ullmann 17:57, 24 October 2008 (UTC)