We use the word ironic all the time, but do we really know what it means?
Apparently, I don’t.
Martin Cavannagh of Reedsy sent me a link to a post about irony, which includes a nifty quiz at the end. Even after reading the post, I only got 44% right, and one of my correct answers I totally guessed at. I think I need to read the post again.
Part of my problem is that irony depends on a dissonance between what is apparently true and what is actually true. So I reject as ironic anything that’s only ironic if you’re a spoiler whore. Yeah, I know how Romeo and Juliet ends, and a lot of it seems ironic in that light. But if I didn’t know, those lines/situations wouldn’t be ironic. So are they, really?
ANYWAY, it’s a good article. Best bit: The graphic of Gollum as TSA, telling Bilbo to empty his pocketses.
Here’s an excellent and amusing article on irony v coincidence on the Drag Reduction blog. It links to a Wikipedia article on the same subject, so I won’t link to that here.
What’s your favorite example of irony? Let’s not even start on sarcasm.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Just read those articles. That’s enough pain for one day.