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.
Here's another ironic animal situation.
Here's an ironic situation that I loved when I saw it.
Here are several examples of ironic product situations.
Irony also happens in writing. Here are several different ways that it has happened, but not in literature.
I know this doesn't happen to everyone who has flames painted on his vehicle, but it is ironic.
I have to admit that the next one is staged, but it is funny.
Some people's lives just predispose them to irony.
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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