Fowler’s famous table…

 

. Motive or Aim Province Method or Means Audience
Humour Discovery Human Nature Observation The Sympathetic
Wit Throwing Light Words & Ideas Surprise The Intelligent
Satire Amendment Morals & Manners Accentuation The Self-satisfied
Sarcasm Inflicting Pain Faults & Foibles Inversion Victim & Bystander
Invective Discredit Misconduct Direct Statement The Public
Irony Exclusiveness Statement of Facts Mystification An Inner Circle
Cynicism Self-justification Morals Exposure of Nakedness The Respectable
The Sardonic Self-relief Adversity Pessimism Self
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