Irony is, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
People often confuse irony with coincidence. They say, “It’s ironic that I was just talking about you, and now here you are.”
That’s not ironic; it’s just coincidence. I also hear irony being referred to as something funny or odd, even random chance. None of these things are irony.
*Is it ironic that…
… …if you have a phobia of longs words you have to tell people that you have Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia?
I would say yes, this is irony, because someone with a fear of long words by definition doesn’t like saying long words. Yet the word for a fear of long words is an extremely long word. That is, in essence, the opposite of what it should be.
Here’s an example of irony I thought of. See if you agree with me.
*Most Bibles are printed in China, yet evangelists have a nearly impossible time bringing Bibles with them to China.
This is an ironic situation because the Bibles are already in China being made, but people have a hard time bringing Bibles with them into China. Do you see the irony?
It’s difficult to think of true ironic examples, because so many things that seem like irony at first end up being just coincidence. The best rule of thumb in my opinion is just to not assume something’s ironic. It’s better to not call something irony that is than continue to call things irony that aren’t.
What do you think? Any good examples of irony to share?
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