Irony is...?

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  1. Keith Paynter

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    Don't even quote Alanis Morissette - those aren't irony, they're just dumb luck. [​IMG]

    Irony is...

    When the first thing you put in the last garbage bag is the box that the garbage bags came in.
     
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    That's not irony because when something becomes trash, it is expected that it will be discarded into something like a trash can or bag.
     
  3. Keith Paynter

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    Actually it is - The container has become the containee, to paraphrase "the hunter has become the hunted". (A famous quote of IRONY!)
     
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    Once the container no longer functions as a container, it is trash, and the container is designed to be disposed of once it is empty of trash bags. That's why it is made out of flimsily worthless cardboard. It is meant to function only as a container as long as their are trash bags in it. There is no practical use for it after this point, thus it needs to be thrown away.
     
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    Isn't it irony that your posted example of irony really isn't ironic, so you fell into the same trap as Morisette?
     
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    Actually, the container you bought the trash bags in is probably cardboard which is RECYCLEABLE!

    [​IMG]
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    "Don't even quote Alanis" but that's the only irony I ever learned.[​IMG]


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    I thought that something is ironic if the literal meaning is the opposite of the figurative meaning.
     
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    Depends if you expected the word to be misused since it so often is.

    This is actually a good explanation from the The American Heritage Dictionary of how and why the word is misused:

    The words ironic, irony, and ironically are sometimes used of events and circumstances that might better be described as simply “coincidental” or “improbable,” in that they suggest no particular lessons about human vanity or folly. Thus 78 percent of the Usage Panel rejects the use of ironically in the sentence In 1969 Susie moved from Ithaca to California where she met her husband-to-be, who, ironically, also came from upstate New York. Some Panelists noted that this particular usage might be acceptable if Susie had in fact moved to California in order to find a husband, in which case the story could be taken as exemplifying the folly of supposing that we can know what fate has in store for us. By contrast, 73 percent accepted the sentence Ironically, even as the government was fulminating against American policy, American jeans and videocassettes were the hottest items in the stalls of the market, where the incongruity can be seen as an example of human inconsistency.

    So like I said before, the result is unexpected based on the circumstances of a situation.
     
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    Irony is...?

    As Irony does?
     
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    Irony is when a group of animal rights activists get killed by the group of baby seals they were trying to save.

    Don't know exactly how it would happen, but it sure would be ironic.
     
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    Madonna has iconic status [​IMG]
     
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    Courtesy of George Carlin:

     
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    No, that's coincidental.
     
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    Irony = something with a high percentage of metallic content. (Yes I'm sure some other not-so-smart-ass has said it before) [​IMG]
     
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    Want irony. Watch Terminator movies!
     
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    irony:

    i have enough room to tattoo "big" on my penis, but not enough room to tattoo "small". [​IMG]

    kevin t
     
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