It's a shame.  Modern society places such a low-level of importance on basic educational skills.  We've raised a generation (or two) of children that don't know basic mathematics or even how to properly use the English language.

Whether it's calling something a "first annual"-event or referring to that clock-changing period as "Daylight Savings Time" - there is a general disregard for our common language.

Almost 20 years ago, there was a popular song called "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette.  In the song lyrics, she sings a laundry list of events that she lablel as ironic in nature.

Except they weren't.

Webster defines irony as:

  • 1: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other’s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning —called also Socratic irony.
  • 2: a) the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.
  • b) a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony
  • c) an ironic expression or utterance.
  •  3: a) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result; an event or result marked by such incongruity.
  • b) incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play —called also dramatic irony, tragic irony.

Two sisters recently went through Alanis Morissette's song lyrics and corrected and changed them to (finally) make them ironic.

Or - was the point of Alanis's original song to be ironic?

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