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Irony and Me . . . October 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, Word Play.

As Jodi noted recently in Isn’t It Ironic?,  speakers and writers may use  verbal irony to express the opposite of what they really mean. 

Once, when expected support failed to materialize, I sent an e-mail along the following lines to a relatively large group: 

How can I thank you all?  Truth is, I can’t.  Your support this week has truly humbled me.

Those recipients who provided the requested support received a heart-felt compliment.  

The rest of the lot received a veiled insult disguised as a compliment. 

What?  I told you all I’m still a work in progress.  😉

Most often, irony in my life appears as an incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the expected result.   

Congestion caused by a road accident, Algarve,...

Want some toast with that jam?

* If I leave early,  traffic is light,  one green light after another in sight. 

If I’m running late . . . would you like some toast with that jam? 

* When I’m wearing a panti-liner “just in case,” nothing happens.  Things remain dry no matter how hard I sneeze or laugh.  

In contrast, if I sneeze or laugh without a panti-liner . . . waterworks.

* If I’m multi-tasking while watching TV, the commercials never last long enough to finish what I’ve started. 

If I’m watching TV with “nowhere to go and nothing to do” during the commercials . . . 

They . . . Are . . . Interminable!

* If we go sightseeing and pack a lunch, we see one eatery after another offering yummy vegetarian options.  If we don’t bring snacks to nibble on, all we see are burger joints and steakhouses.

* When I’m all caught up in my office, and bedtime rolls around, I’m not tired.  When I have a mile-long “To Do” list, I can’t stop yawning. 

How about you?

What wrinkles does irony throw into the laundry basket of your life?


1. Joanne - October 29, 2010

When I start thinking that I haven’t seen irony at work in a while… wouldn’t you know… I called it in 😀

nrhatch - October 29, 2010

Lately, we’ve experienced more synchronicity than irony.

That’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it! 8)

Last weekend, Bill won the gift certificate in the free raffle. This week, I won “Island of the Aunts” from Becky Levine. Tonight, we went to Halloween movies Under The Stars. The wind started picking up, causing the 10 x 8 foot screen to sway precariously.

The business sponsoring the event apologized and told us that they had to take the screen down . . . we turned around and we were the only 2 still watching. Everyone else had left! The owner, Dave LaBelle, loaned us the DVD to take home so we could finish watching it. 🙂

2. Cindy - October 30, 2010
nrhatch - October 30, 2010

Love Alanis.

It’s like RAIN on your wedding day
A traffic jam, when you’re already late
A fork and knife, when all you need is a spoon.

3. tsuchigari - October 30, 2010

Thanks for the nod! The major irony in my life is that on the days that I must get lots done my kids turn into little nasties and make it impossible to do anything. How do they know?

nrhatch - October 30, 2010

Just a theory . . .

Kids pick up on adult tension and it makes them cranky.

On busy days, a little bit of “cranky” causes adult tension to shoot through the roof, creating more and more crankiness.

The Merry Go Round stops and the Cranky Go Round kicks into high gear.

Or something like that. 🙂

Hope you manage to fit NaNoWriMo in between the cranks!

4. Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 30, 2010

Our big 35th anniversary party was Monday night. In keeping with our wedding day 35 years ago, the day dawned humid, rainy, and sticky, whereas the day before (as it was 35 years ago) was a perfect crisp October day! Not ironic, but synchronous. The rest of last Monday was spent trying to clean up mistake after mistake after mistake1 Talk about synchronous. . .every mistake I made was in exact synchronicity with the next mistake. And so it goes! Let’s just say that the day I really needed a BIG, ABSORBENT panti liner (figuratively, anyway), was the day I didn’t wear one. IRONIC? no. AGGRAVATING? You got it! Oh well – more of my fabulous (really) and incredibly difficult week to follow in my blog posts this week. . .

Love this one, though! And if I didn’t tell you before how much your blog means to me, then forgive me – you are among the best! 😀

nrhatch - October 30, 2010

Thanks! Congratulations on 35 years of wedded bliss.

Look forward to hearing about your “perfect mistakes.” 😉

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