Irony / Ironic

“Irony” has been a word I hated for a long time, but

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it’s almost TOO BIG now to blog about. The problems with this word are almost too egregious and too numerous to do justice to it. Nonetheless, it screams out for an entry here, if only to put me on record as anti-irony.

Certainly, we are all aware, even those among us us who still call things “ironic”, and those knuckle-dragging troglodytes who think they are using “irony” ironically, that this word has been abused and abused and abused like I abused my grandmother. (Relax, it was the 90’s…it’s what everybody did in the 90’s–abuse their grandparents. I know that doesn’t make it right but it FELT right.) It isn’t even worth explaining the definition of the word here because it is clear that this word is nearly devoid of meaning–when people can use it to simply describe something bad, or merely interesting, that happened. Perhaps it needs to be totally stricken from our lexicon. There is no use trying to fix a word that is totaled.

So my question then becomes, what do we need to do to remove a word from public usage? We can stop using it ourselves, of course, and encourage others to do the same. And when someone around us, say an acquaintance or close relative uses this word, we can ignore them, or hit them, or stab them in the penis or vagina with a piece of glass. If they are a talking dog, we can stab them in the dog penis or dog vagina. Parrots should be thrown into the sea and chimpanzees who can sign “irony” should be fired out of a cannon, also into the sea, but a different sea from the parrots because we wouldn’t want them procreating and creating an underwater master race of parronkeymen and parronkeymaids who take over the world and put us in cages. Because that would be ironic! 😛

Comments 3

  1. Michael wrote:

    A hipster asking us to remove “Ironic” from our lexicon? I’m sure that your shirt is ironic, and your hair is too. Oh the irony.

    Posted 25 Oct 2010 at 9:54 am
  2. Tammy Rottencrotch wrote:

    I couldn’t agree more with this post! The same sort of crutchification has happened to “awkward.” It has also become an insert-here-if-you-can’t-think-of-another-modifier-because-your-brain-is-saturated-with-high-fructose-ignorance. [Back to reality] Your posts are hilarious, please keep them coming. Also, feel to check out some rather disgusting repurposing of words at the twitter account listed. I haven’t updated in a while, but I will soon. One last thing, you should check out the worst word (in my opinion) in the English language– somnambulate. Cheers!

    Posted 23 Nov 2010 at 11:46 am
  3. Guest wrote:

    @Tammy – I think your crotch isn’t the only thing that’s rotten. At least “awkward” still has meaning, as opposed to “irony/ironic” or “random,” where any semblance of the original meaning has been pushed under a bus.

    Posted 16 Feb 2011 at 10:11 pm

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    […] First, if you haven’t already read my post on awesome, please do so now. I hate awesome because it’s overused. Everything is awesome now, and everyBODY thinks they are awesome. It’s been so overused as to merely mean “good”, and “good” now means “average”, which in turn means “bad”, while “bad” means “awesome” because we appreciate bad things ironically. (Also see my post on irony.) […]

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