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23 March 2009 @ 06:40 am
Irony  
I finally got around to switching the batteries on the little clock/radio thing i have for the shower, so i can now listen to music again while showering. I think that's improved the speed at which i take showers at least a little bit. However i can't tell for sure because replacing the batteries to get the music working somehow did something unfortunately dire to the battery that runs the LCD clock.

(And before any pedants decide to get on my case, i have no idea if i'm using that word in the proper sense or in the Alanis Morissette sense, and i don't really care =)
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Ambermaggiedacatt on March 23rd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Technically, the Alanis Morrissette sense is correct as well. Everyone who thinks otherwise had really opinionated English teachers who believe the definition is restricted to literary irony. It is not.

From Oxford English Dictionary:
2. fig. A condition of affairs or events of a character opposite to what was, or might naturally be, expected; a contradictory outcome of events as if in mockery of the promise and fitness of things. (In F. ironie du sort.)


Ambermaggiedacatt on March 23rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I mean, "rain on your wedding day" doesn't really fit that, but most of them do. :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 23rd, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
So just for the record, what is literary irony, and how is the Alanis Morissette song not like it? (The last time someone brought the subject up it made my head hurt trying to figure out the difference between most of the cases in the song and what they were defining as irony =P)
Ambermaggiedacatt on March 23rd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
It's either deliberately stating the opposite of what you mean (i.e., sarcasm) or dramatic irony. The latter is when a character lacks information that makes his/her actions have radically different consequences than the character is intending. The extreme example is when a character does something to try to avoid a particular outcome, only to find that the action actually brought about the outcome (i.e., Oedipus ran away from his [unbeknown to him, adoptive] home to avoid killing his father and marrying his mother, only to slay some dude who ended up being his dad and marry a queen who was really his mom).
Ambermaggiedacatt on March 23rd, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Another bit of dramatic irony is Romeo killing himself because he believes Juliet is dead. She's not... until she wakes up and finds Romeo dead, and then also takes her own life. If Romeo had gotten the message about the plot to fake Juliet's death, things would have been different. Thus, it's ironic that Romeo killed himself.