Politically Correct Christmas

Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on December 19, 2008


Which word best describes the type of humor used in this cartoon?
sarcasm, irony, satire

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Cartoon by Glenn Foden, CultureAndMediaInstitue.org. Posted here for eductational purposes only.


Satire best describes the type of humor used in this cartoon.
In satire, human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure … ideally with the intent to bring about improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primarily humour in itself so much as an attack on something of which the author strongly disapproves, using the weapon of wit.  (definition from wikipdeia.org)

Irony is defined as a situation in which something which was intended to have a particular result has the opposite or a very different result

Sarcasm is defined as the use of remarks which clearly mean the opposite of what they say, and which are made in order to hurt someone’s feelings or to criticize something in an amusing way.