Snark refers to a sarcastic remark or speech in a literary work. Essentially, snark refers to a "snide remark."
From comedian/reporter Stephen Colbert:
"I stand by this man [President George W. Bush]. I stand by this man, because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things, things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo-ops in the world."
From Groucho Marx:
I never forget a face, but in your case, I will make an exception.
From Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice:
Your sister is crossed in love, I find. I congratulate her. Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of, and it gives her a sort of distinction among her companions. When is your turn to come? You will hardly bear to be long outdone by Jane. Now is your time. Here are officers enough in Meryton to disappoint all the young ladies in the country. Let Wickham be your man. He is a pleasant fellow, and would jilt you creditably.
Also from Austen's Pride and Prejudice:
An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.
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