2008: "Irony Definition"

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2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:58 pm UTC

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TitleText: Can you stop glaring at me like that? It makes me feel really ironic.

The last time I tried to discuss the meaning of irony, we ended up having a ferrocious argument.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby Archgeek » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:04 pm UTC

Oooh, that takes possession of my caprine, it does.

What'd be truly ironic would be if BHG started choking on the title text, before my hands could begin their work.
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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby Moose Anus » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:07 pm UTC

It's ironic that the meaning of ironic is ironic.
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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby richP » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:10 pm UTC

"Irony" and "literally" are frequent candidates for the "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means" award.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:23 pm UTC

richP wrote:"Irony" and "literally" are frequent candidates for the "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means" award.


It's literally ironic that...[fill in here, best response wins something]
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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby pkcommando » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:30 pm UTC

In what way is this comic like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife?
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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby Showsni » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:16 pm UTC

Assuming his statement is literally ironic, BHG is sad and his friend does not know the meaning of irony.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby sotanaht » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:26 am UTC

Showsni wrote:Assuming his statement is literally ironic, BHG is sad and his friend does not know the meaning of irony.

Every detail in a phrase doesn't need to be ironic for the phrase to be or express irony. His statement in the comic is ironic enough if you take it at face value. The implication is "you would think that understanding the definition of irony would make you happier, but you are the unhappy one as a result of that understanding".

Ironically, this is an accurate application of situational irony and yet the one who supposedly understands the term is seemingly unhappy at its correct use. Perhaps he doesn't really understand at all like you said, in which case rather than situational irony BHG is using verbal irony (aka sarcasm) to poke fun at his friends misunderstanding. If his friend really did understand irony he would probably be less annoyed in this case. The sarcastic part is the first half of the sentence (you know the definition) not necessarily the second part (I'm happy). Again, every detail does not need to be ironic.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby RogueCynic » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:19 am UTC

richP wrote:"Irony" and "literally" are frequent candidates for the "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means" award.


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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby iabervon » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:57 am UTC

It's literally ironic that the best response is literally ironic. With that prompt, you had to be looking for some irritating exaggeration, but there's a perfectly good answer that unexpectedly meets the basic definitions of both words.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby zjxs » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:00 am UTC

Irony is like the tears in the rain on my wedding day. Time to die.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby somitomi » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:10 am UTC

...huh.
I literally have no idea what the joke's supposed to be.
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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby cellocgw » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:05 am UTC

somitomi wrote:...huh.
I literally have no idea what the joke's supposed to be.

How ironic.
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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby cjm » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:21 pm UTC

The premise of this comic is silly. Other Guy loves being pedantic!

I know Randall tried to counter this interpretation with a squiggly-of-annoyance but I don't buy it.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby rmsgrey » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:26 pm UTC

This reminds me of a conversation between Arthur Philip Dent and some guy whose name is unimportant:

"I'd far rather be happy than right any day."
"And are you?"
"No, that's where it all falls down, of course."

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby orthogon » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:06 pm UTC

Situational irony is like situational Anal Panama: you either know it when you see it, or you don't. Eebster knows it when they see it.
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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby Eshru » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:51 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:
richP wrote:"Irony" and "literally" are frequent candidates for the "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means" award.


It's literally ironic that...[fill in here, best response wins something]

...the literal definition of literally is figuratively the same as figuratively, as well as literally being the opposite, due to people literally misusing literally sometimes ironically.

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Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Postby heuristically_alone » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:36 pm UTC

zjxs wrote:Irony is like the tears in the rain on my wedding day. Time to die.

Is that how wedding days are supposed to feel?
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