September 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Today, boys and girls, we’re going to learn about the word “ironic.”  In the academic, not the Alanis sense.  To quote Bender from Futurama, a no smoking sign on your cigarette break is “not ironic, it’s coincidental.”  Seanahan (no relation) terms it “comeuppance,” and a representative from the Merriam-Webster Editorial Department, who I emailed, suggested “serendipitous” because it’s “somewhat related to coincidence in the sense that something that is not planned or intended occurs.”  Then one day, I came across the word “vicissitudinous,” or more usefully, its noun form, “vicissitude,” and thought it was the holy grail for our societal misappropriation of the word “ironic,” but it’s proven a) difficult to pronounce and b) not nearly as dead-on as I remember.

We turn now to About.com’s Grammar section for information on the 3 types of irony.  (Wikipedia concurs, but the former is more succinct.)

  1. Verbal irony is a trope in which the intended meaning of a statement differs from the meaning that the words appear to express.
  2. Situational irony involves an incongruity between what is expected or intended and what actually occurs.
  3. Dramatic irony is an effect produced by a narrative in which the audience knows more about present or future circumstances than a character in the story.

And now I present you, a portrait of irony.  Q&A after the jump.

Q.  Isn’t it ironic that Lindsay Lohan continues to celebrate her sobriety by being arrested for drug and alcohol abuse?
A.  No, that’s dangerous, stupid, and disrespectful.
Q.  Even though the one time she was wearing a hoodie like yours?
A.  Even though the one time she was wearing a hoodie like mine.
Q.  What about the fact that sales of the America Apparel hoodie she was wearing skyrocketed after that picture.  That has to be ironic, right?
A.  No.  Still not ironic.

It’s clear that explaining the definition of irony is as futile as keeping Lindsay on the straight-and-narrow.  We’re all going to hell.

– Victoria’s Secret PINK “No Pictures” tank
– Metropark studded hoodie
– Rock & Republic Valentina pants
– Nine West platform shoes


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