Friday, April 10

Irony?


I am a stickler for the correct usage of the term 'irony'. So many people seem to be using it wrong these days. I feel like such a snob when someone calls something ironic and I HAVE to tell them "No, I'm sorry. That's not ironic." So snobby.

Case in point (which is totally obvious but still a good example): the song Ironic by Alanis Morissette. 95% of the stinking song is full of examples or situations that are not ironic!

It's like rain on your wedding day (Who said your wedding day HAS to have good weather? This person could have planned it during the rainy season. Who are they to expect clear skies? Please just plan a summer wedding if you want good weather. Idiots!)

It's a free ride when you've already paid (Just sounds like bad timing to me.)

It's the good advice that you just didn't take (That's not ironic. It's choosing to do what you want. Really, Alanis?)

It's a traffic jam when you're already late (Ok really? That's a no. Leave early.)

It's a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break (Shouldn't you already know where the designated places to smoke are at your own place of work/hangout?)

It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife (Is anyone else being fooled by these? What life situation ever would bring me to a place where I had 10,000 spoons available to me?)

It's meeting the man of my dreams And then meeting his beautiful wife (Now this one is funny. Just because you see a guy you want and has the qualities you're diggin', he should be single? Uh, no.)

Something happened to me last week, that I thought could be irony, but then later decided that it was just coincidental:

I dropped my hairdryer into my bathroom sink which was full of water... I know! Stupid and dangerous, and why in the heck was the sink full of water, you ask? I don't remember. So it totally dies. I then grab my roommate's hairdryer and hers is broken! Two hairdryers in one day! Gone! Dead!

When I arrived at work that morning, a rub on tattoo of a hairdryer was randomly left on my desk. No one knows where it came from... WEIRD. Right?

Pretty sure it's coincidental.

5 comments:

Sophie said...

I think we should distinguish between dramatic and verbal irony in our lives. It's not enough for someone to say that something is ironic. If they have to distinguish between the two, maybe those that don't really understand will be persecuted into a pleasant and wise silence.

Teddy and Scotty said...

That's totally ironic. And so is the song. You're weird! But I still love you.

Katelin said...

Maybe the joke is that the song is supposedly about irony, but it doesn't have any true ironic references... That's pretty ironic I think. Alanis is a tricky one!

M:A:R:A said...

Wasn't Alanis on crack when she wrote that song... I remember my mom wouldn't let me listen to her because she was a druggy lol..... But maybe that's why she got her deffiniton of her adjective (Ironic) mixed up....

at least I think its an adjective

Michael said...

Katie always sending me links and references from her blog, when she had convinced herself that I hated blogging... Isn't it ironic? Don'tcha think? A little tooOOOOooo ironic?

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