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2012-12-31 10:31:53 AM  
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This text is now purple: durbnpoisn: Most often people see a coincidence, like a firehouse burning down, or they see hyposcrisy, like a drug counselor getting busted for selling drugs...

There's no reason irony can't be coincidental. They aren't exclusive concepts.

I guess that's true. But coincidence is not always irony. It's just sometimes seen that way.
2012-12-31 09:13:55 AM  
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This is what I have come to learn about irony... The deffinition is widely misunderstood. Most often people see a coincidence, like a firehouse burning down, or they see hyposcrisy, like a drug counselor getting busted for selling drugs...

Language is really just a matter of being undrstood after all. And if people generally understand what is being said, even if the term is misused, it tends to sort of warp the term, regardless of the original meaning. It's almost like it's so difficult to find something truly ironic that we have to look at other things and assign irony - just so we can look clever, or something.

To that end, Alanis Morissette has already acklowledged that the only thing about the Irony song is that nothing listed in the song is ironic. Therefore the title of the song is the only think ironic about it. That's some pretty solid thinking there.
2012-12-31 07:23:44 AM  
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mike_d85: will we ever have an "ironic" tag that doesn't lead to a "What's the definition of ironic?" thread?

It's a form of hyperurbanism. Fortunately, most people grow out of it once they gain some education and perspective. Unfortunately, Fark seems to experience a never-ending influx of people who are 14 years old, developmentally speaking.

So I think we're screwed.
2012-12-31 06:56:27 AM  
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gumpy: Z-clipped: FirstNationalBastard: having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.

Alanis Morrisette has obviously never been to the Philippines.

/pork and spoon!

gumpy: some of those were actually irony.

They were all irony, unless you're using an overly pedantic, hair-splitting definition of irony.

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By overly pedantic you mean correct?


There are many forms of irony, and much disagreement in the literary world over what is and is not ironic. Anyone who claims that irony has a narrow definition is being pedantic.

Most of the obnoxious hipster arguments over situational irony focus on overly specific assumptions about expectations. While many people do misunderstand irony, and the "10000 spoons" distinctions are constructive, splitting hairs in a contrarian attempt to discredit every single identification of irony one sees is equally foolish. And yes, while some of them might stretch the semantics a little, each of the perspectives taken on the stories in TFA contain enough diametric expectation to be reasonably encompassed by the term "irony".

English is not a formal language, no matter how much done of the obsessives around here might wish it to be. The concept of irony is vaguely defined. People need to get the fark over it and move on with their lives.
2012-12-31 03:58:05 AM  
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I give them style points for the ROFLcopter.
2012-12-31 01:00:15 AM  
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I didn't see a single story about rain on wedding days, free rides when one has already paid, or having 10,000 spoons when all someone needed was a knife.
2012-12-30 11:12:58 PM  
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Upvoted, but it would have been funnier if the tag was anything other than "Ironic."
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