Irony is totally misunderstood and misused. Many times I’ve had people relate a story and then say, “Isn’t that ironic?” And I want to say, “Why no, it’s not. You know, if you go by the definition of irony.” But I wouldn’t do that because I wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings.
Many people use, ‘that’s so ironic’, when they mean something is weird or silly or funny.
This also crops up a lot in writing, so if I use that phrase, I usually make sure it is truly ironic. But I will admit, I’ve used the phrase incorrectly even though I know how to use it.
So today, I’ll give the definition of irony and then show an example that happened in real life–which was totally funny to me, along with being ironic.
According to Dictionary.com, Irony is an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.
A few weeks ago, we decided to replace our dryer. I was home when the 2 guys from Best Buy delivered and set it up. When all was done, the guy explained everything and asked if I had any questions.
He told me not to use dryer sheets because the lint collector doesn’t need one, and that the particles from dryer sheets actually clog up the filter.
No problem, cause I rarely use them.
Later that afternoon, I pick of the pile of papers he left behind: copy of delivery receipt, dryer manual… and out falls a sample of Bounce dryer sheets.
Yes, a few hours before he told me not to use dryer sheets, and then he left behind a sample of dryer sheets.
I rolled my eyes. Not because of him, because he’s just one guy who works for Best Buy and I liked him—he had a good sense of humor and was very helpful. The Bounce thing wasn’t his decision.
But someone at Best Buy made some deal with Bounce to include dryer sheets with their dryers, when it’s recommended NOT to use dryer sheets.
I did not expect to find dryer sheets after being told not to use them.
That is irony.
Do you sometimes use the phrase ‘that’s so ironic’ incorrectly? You can admit it; we won’t think any less of you.
September 29, 2013 by Suzi