Saying one thing but meaning the opposite

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Wed Nov 12 19:23:44 UTC 2008

Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
> 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".

Might not be exotic, but isn't it originally Greek?

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