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This is the technique of putting a sarcastic twist on the more plain meaning of something. Though literal-mindedness is often associated with not understanding sarcasm, in some cases snarking and literal-mindedness can go hand-in-hand.

See also Grammar Nazi, whose more snarky varieties are prone to this. If one acts on the sarcastic twist, it's a Jerkass Genie.

Examples of Literalist Snarking include:
  • Vetinari in Discworld is infamous for this.
    • Terry Pratchett's work is made of this: "Don't let me detain you"; "Throw the book at him"; "I would rather die than betray the emperor", etc.
      • Though the second one was accidental as Sim Vimes realized too late the Carrot was very literal minded, the book was around several thousand pages and about thirty pounds, and they were on a tower.
    • This example from Going Postal:

 Moist: If you shove a broom up my arse, I could probably sweep the floor too!

Vetinari: An excellent idea. Drumknott, do we have a broom closet on this floor?

 Draco Malfoy: You're dead, Potter.

Harry Potter: Funny, you'd think I'd have stopped walking around...

 "Keep sending me your questions, and I will keep making fun of your punctuation and spelling. I mean, answer them."

  • Voltaire's response when someone told him that coffee was "a slow poison": "I think it must be slow, for I have been drinking it for sixty-five years and am not dead yet."
  • In addition to Pinkie Pie's Lieral-Minded-ness, she can also be like this from time to time.

 Gilda: I'll be watching you...like a hawk.

Pinkie: Why? Can't you watch me like a griffon?

 Shooter: I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!

Happy: You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?

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