Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Peeve of the Day: Misuse of the word "Ironic"

Thanks, Alanis. Thanks a whole bunch for introducing the masses to the joys of misusing the word "ironic". Good advice that you just didn't take, indeed. I just received the following Instant Message from my Comic-Sans-loving coworker, Fancy*:

Fancy says: i find it quite ironic that Humpty* is getting a two day training session and Blahseph* and i got nothing.

Nice try throwing "quite" in there, Fancy. Adverbs will help you sound like you know what up.

Let's review the definition of the word ironic. According to Webster, irony can be " the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning" or "incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result". I think we can all agree that the latter definition implies something of a more poetic or absurd nature than it raining on your wedding day.

The important thing to note is that ironic is not a synonym for unfair. Sorry, that's just the way it is. If you think something sucks, say that it sucks. Do not say that it's ironic. Unless you're being ironic. Then it's totally meta. See what I did there?

*Names have probably been changed

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