The topic of this essay was suggested by a comic strip that I recently read in which a character laments, “There should be a term for the opposite of ironic.
- My source: logical, sincere
- Her source: exaggeration, hyperbole, overstatement
Think about it. We did. What is “irony”? Okay, you aren't a lexicographer and neither are we. We turned to our smart phones and looked it up. Apparently the experts can't agree on the definition either, nor the synonyms for “irony”.
Well, let's go back to the source. Let's consult the people who invented the word. They should know, right?
H. L. Mencken famously described the British and Americans as “two people separated by a common language.” I suggest that my wife and I similarly separated as is everybody else.
So, before you jump down someone's throat for some imagined slight, I suggest you stop and ask, “What did you mean by that?”