I think the definition of “ironic” has changed over the years.

The best example is and has always been “The Gift of the Magi.”  Two lovers give up a prized possession so that they can buy a gift for the other; not realizing that their lover has just sold the thing for which the gift was to be given; a chain for a pocket watch (sold) and a comb for lovely hair (sold).

The definition I learned in 8th grade English is how I strictly hold the definition of “ironic.”

No,, I will not agree that it means:

1.using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; 
containing or exemplifying irony :  an ironic novel; an ironic remark.
2.of, relating to, or tending to use irony or mockery; ironical.
3.coincidental; unexpected:



I don’t think Alanis Morrissette…as much as I adore her…had it totally correct either.

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought, it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well, isn’t this nice.”
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think


Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

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


Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny funny way of helping you out
Helping you out.

I DO think it’s like “a free ride when you’ve already paid”.  I DON’T think “It’s like rain on your wedding day.” – that is just bad luck.


It’s like finding your long lost glasses the day after you ordered a replacement pair.

It’s like the person you publicly accused of patronizing you, becoming one of your closest confidants.

It’s like three strikes against what you wanted, and realizing you’re better without it.

It’s like letting go of the intense grip of something you love SO much, to find it’s not going away.


Ironically, I am doing well.

I want to tell you the story about the butterfly that needed to struggle.

That will have to be my next post.


My 1984 copyrighted Webster’s II Dictionary defines “ironic” this way…

1.a.  Use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning.  b.  An expression or utterance marked by the deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.  c.  A style of literature employing ironic contrasts for rhetorical or humorous effect.

2.a.  Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually happens.  b.  An occurrence, circumstance, or result notable for such incongruity.

3.  The dramatic effect attained by leading an audience to understand an incongruity between a situation and the accompanying speeches, while the characters in the play remain unaware of the incongruity.

4.  Feigned ignorance, as the Socratic method of instruction.


Here is an updated, funny version of Alanis’ song.  “Life has a funny way of helping you out.”

May your day be rich with joy and love and hope and peace my friend.  I love you!






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