the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny
a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected
Full Definition of IRONY:
: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other's false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning —called also Socratic irony
a : the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning
b : a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony
c : an ironic expression or utterance
a (1) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity
b : incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play —called also dramatic irony, tragic irony
Irony(from Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία (eirōneía), meaning "dissimulation, feigned ignorance"), "in its broadest sense, is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event in which what appears, on the surface, to be the case, differs radically from what is actually the case. Irony may be divided into categories such as verbal, dramatic, and situational.
Verbal, dramatic, and situational irony are often used for emphasis in the assertion of a truth. The ironic form of simile, used in sarcasm, and some forms of litotes can emphasize one's meaning by the deliberate use of language which states the opposite of the truth, denies the contrary of the truth, or drastically and obviously understates a factual connection. Other forms, as identified by historian Connop Thirlwall, include dialectic and practical irony.
How Ironic!- a lesson plan "This lesson will introduce students to the concept of irony. Verbal, situational, and dramatic irony will be defined, but the focus of the lesson is situational irony. This lesson can be used prior to teaching longer, more complex short stories that contain situational irony."
- discriminate between the 3 types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic.
- determine the purpose of the irony: humor, fear, suspense, etc.
- identify the situational irony in the selection and the purpose.
- write a summary of the reading selection and discuss the use of situational irony in the selection in at least 2 paragraphs."
WRITING A DIALOGUE (.doc) “It's wonderful”, he said with sarcasm .
“Do you think so?” she replied with irony.
“Why, don't you?” he retorted with wit.
“It depends,” she answered with humour.
Alanis Morissette - Ironic (YouTube) + LYRICS: "A traffic jam when you're already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic...don't you think
A little too ironic...and, yeah, I really do think..."