Saying one thing but meaning the opposite

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Nov 12 17:15:02 UTC 2008

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 12:00:07PM -0500, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> When someone says "my good friends" but means the opposite, what is
> this figure of speech called?

I know you're expecting an exotic Graecism, but I'm pretty
sure that the usual rhetorical term for this is just "irony".

Jesse Sheidlower

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