What is irony

It seems many people have trouble defining irony. Much like (and perhaps because of) Alanis Morissette's song Ironic, much of the well-intentioned public confuses things that are inconvenient, unfortunate, or embarrassing as ironic.

Just because it's funny, does not mean that it's ironic. A girl that meets her dream guy then finds out he bats for the other team: embarrassing but not ironic. Dying the day after winning the lottery: unfortunate but not ironic.

Perhaps I can help differentiate the two.

The existence of Mianus Connecticut: unfortunate and hilarious. Not ironic.

The existence of Humble Texas: Ironic. Not particularly funny.

Make sense?

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