OT: Sarcasm and irony

Grant Edwards grante at visi.com
Wed Oct 11 17:19:10 CEST 2006


On 2006-10-11, mensanator at aol.com <mensanator at aol.com> wrote:
>
> Grant Edwards wrote:
>> On 2006-10-11, mensanator at aol.com <mensanator at aol.com> wrote:
>>
>> >> Like Alanis Morisette said about the song "Isn't it Ironic":
>> >> What's ironic about the song is that it doesn't actually
>> >> contain any irony.
>> >
>> > Any? Don't people plan June weddings thinking the weather
>> > will be nice? And isn't one of the defintions of irony when
>> > things turn out the opposite of what you expect?
>>
>> Not really, no.
>
> American Heritage Dictionary:
> irony: 4. Incongruity between what might be expected to happen
> and what actually occurs.

Yup, you're right.  That seems to be a usage frowned upon by
old-school types, but it appears to have become common enough
that it's made it into dictionaries.


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