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What is Irony?

Ironic Iron

A lot of people use the words irony and ironic when they actually mean sarcasm and sarcastic. Here's a short and possibly oversimplified explanation of the difference. Irony is what one experiences when the opposite of an expected situation or idea occurs. People don't need to go out of their way to experience an ironical situation or idea. Irony can occur naturally. Sarcasm can make use of irony to make an observation or remark about an idea, person or situation. Sarcasm is usually intended to express ridicule. Because of this, sarcasm tends to find more broad usage than irony. Ironically, irony has nothing to do with iron, as best as I can figure out.

That said, I must admit that I have a sarcastic bent that I have to keep in check. I love irony, though, and I love the humor of incongruities that don't belittle anyone. Today's post is a number of pictures of ironic situations, most of which seem to be unstaged.

House pets can be the source of much irony in our lives. Here are a couple for your dog lovers.

Antichewing Spray

Ironic DogObedience

Here's another ironic animal situation.


Here's an ironic situation that I loved when I saw it.

Ironic Cliff Hanger

Here are several examples of ironic product situations.

Ironic Unbreakable

Ironic Opener

Irony also happens in writing. Here are several different ways that it has happened, but not in literature.

Ironic Carbon Footprint

Ironic Spelling Bee

Ironic Prisoner Escape

Ironic Grammar

Ironic Grammar

I know this doesn't happen to everyone who has flames painted on his vehicle, but it is ironic.

Ironic Flames

I have to admit that the next one is staged, but it is funny.

Ironic Writing

Some people's lives just predispose them to irony.

Ironic Born Grave

Next week's post will be a bunch of ironic signs that my readers have sent my way.

I hope you got a much needed laugh in today's post.


"The gospel sets the atmosphere for the Christian home." — Jason Pilchard


No matter how much I push the envelope, it remains stationery.

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2 Comments on “What is Irony?”

  1. #1 Crystal Davis nee Gavin
    on Jun 26th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I always loved your play on words on french class. Love the envelope comment.

  2. #2 bj
    on Jun 26th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve seen those scissors for plastic packages before and often wondered if anyone has bought them, seeing as how you’d never be able to get them open to use them!