Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.

something that you say which means that using sarcasm (= saying the opposite of what you mean to make a joke) is unpleasant and is not a very clever thing to do 'We're so grateful to you for arriving only 20 minutes late!' 'Oh really, Matthew, don't you know sarcasm is the lowest form of wit?'
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They say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but when directed towards a pampered star and delivered in her gravelly New York drawl and (largely) only attacking their carefully cultivated look, it was funny, very funny.
J HAMPTON claims sarcasm is the lowest form of wit (Letters, May 31).
IN answer to Ahmed and 'A curious view', (GDN, February 22), you must know that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, and it's easy against a very public figure.
If he is being witty he should know that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
And while it's said sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, it's still among the best loved with a third of those polled claiming it makes them chuckle the most.