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Irony Definition
Can you stop glaring at me like that? It makes me feel really ironic.
Title text: Can you stop glaring at me like that? It makes me feel really ironic.

Explanation

Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: It's IRONIC how incomplete this explanation is - Please change this comment when editing this page. Do NOT delete this tag too soon.

progamer124 said that irony is "One of the most misused words in the entire English language". Often this misuse arises from a crude attempt at a humourous malapropism or meta-humour, such as pre-empting someone deploying a "citation needed" tag on a wikipage by using a ridiculous citation.

The most common types of irony are sarcasm (where the meaning of a word or phrase is the exact opposite of its literal definition) and paradox (a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects). Black Hat is using the latter in his response to Cueball.

A frequent source of ridicule of citizens of the USA, is the continued misuse of the word irony. The classic example of this is the song Ironic by Alanis Morissette which consists of a list of unfortunate and annoying events, all incorrectly assigned the status of "Ironic". The criticism of this song as being typical of Americans' inability to understand irony is itself ironic as Alanis Morissette is Canadian.

Transcript

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[Black Hat and Cueball are walking together. Cueball is visibly upset.]
Black Hat: It's ironic how you know the definition of irony, yet I'm the one in this conversation who's happy.

Title Text: Can You stop Glaring at me like that? It makes me feel really ironic.


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