As all language nerds will remember, in 1996 Alanis Morrissette sang a catchy song called “Ironic,” which was full of examples of things that were, well, not ironic. A fly in your chardonnay? That really sucks. But it’s not ironic.
No, the meaning of irony is to use words to express the opposite of something. It is the expression of an idea by using words that mean the opposite. It is awarding a Peace Prize to a man just days after he orders a tripling of the number of troops going to war.
Maybe now we will all fully understand the literary technique known as “irony.”
I have a new line for Alanis:
“It’s like getting a peace prize when you escalate a war.
Isn’t it ironic?”