Saturday, October 9, 2010

Isn't it Ironic? Don't You Think?

Jacob, a 9th grader from Utah, recently sent me an e-mail asking for examples of irony. It's a great query, since irony is one of the most incorrectly used words and misunderstood concepts.

It's ironic that most of the situations described in Alanis Morisette's 'Ironic' are not ironic. Rain on your wedding day? Unfortunate but not ironic. A red light when you're already late? Bad luck, but not ironic.

  • irony (n.) - incongruity between what is expected and what actually occurs; an often indirect contradiction between the surface meaning and the underlying meaning.

Examples of irony:

The word 'school' is misspelled in a school zone. That's ironic.

A guy wearing a 'Peace Team' t-shirt is part of a violent altercation. That's ironic.

Irony is best explained through examples. Please send in your own photos and videos demonstrating irony.


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  5. I really like how you used videos and photos to help clarify the definition of irony! Sometimes grammar concepts can be really hard to understand, and using this kind of visual can really help those who need more than just an explanation or definition. The example of school being spelled wrong in a school zone sign is a great one! I thought it was super funny considering if the person who had made the sign had gone to school, they definitely wouldn't have spelled it wrong! Nice post!

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