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February 3, 2004

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Why Ask MeFi is the New MeFi

This thread about the pronunciation of the word “forte” turns out to be excellent. As does this one, about popular songs of misunderstood intent.

These two posts, in conjunction, raise an interesting issue (if you’re me) that I’d like to call out here.

People always snark out Alanis Morissette for misusing the term “Ironic.” But it seems to me she clearly didn’t do so. Her usages of the term are all “poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended.” And it seems like all the protestations amount to, “That definition doesn’t count.”

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Posted February 3, 2004 at 11:30 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Gleeful Miscellany

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All rather ironic, isn't it...?

"Isn't it Ironic" is about irony in the same vein that The Gift of the Magi is ironic. Specially the guy taking his flight. He's all ready to fly, and once he makes the choice to overcome his fear, the thing he was afraid of happens.

Those people are all fools!

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