Isn’t THAT ironic
I find it ironic how many people don’t seem to know what irony is.
My pet peeve is when people claim irony for something that is simply out of the ordinary or tragic. I don’t get as upset about the concept’s misuse as other people I know, but it’s still annoying.
Let’s say you die the day after graduation. The reasoning behind calling this situation “ironic” is that four years of study and preparation for the “real world” has come to naught. But your death is merely tragic, not ironic. In the same vein, if you win $10 million in the lottery but then have to give it up as ransom, you might think “Isn’t that ironic: After years of trying, I finally win only to have to give all the money up.” But it’s just good luck, then bad luck for you.
Irony can be difficult to understand since it takes different forms. In the show Breaking Bad, Hank, a DEA agent, is looking for a prominent meth manufacturer named “Heisenberg.” The audience knows from the start that Heisenberg is actually his brother-in-law, the protagonist of the show. This is an example of dramatic irony, when the audience knows has important information the character doesn’t, like the fact that there’s a trap on the other side of the door.
Another common type is verbal irony. This happens when someone uses tone to convey the opposite meaning of the words they’re saying. One I frequently here is “well, isn’t that great!” when the situation actually sucks. It’s also often used in similes, like saying “it was as sunny as an Alaskan winter” when its winter days are actually dark.
Maybe one day, everyone will use irony in the correct way. Wouldn’t THAT be ironic!