Classic examples of irony


The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘irony’ as :

A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.

Authors can use irony to make their audience stop and think about what has just been said, or to emphasize a central idea. The audience’s role in realizing the difference between what is said and what is normal or expected is essential to the successful use of irony.

For example in the short story “The Gift of the Magi,” a young couple is too poor to buy each other Christmas gifts. The man sells his pocket watch to buy his wife a set of combs for her long, beautiful hair. She, meanwhile, cuts off her beautiful hair and sells it to a wig-maker for money to buy her husband a watch-chain.

—O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi

Here are a few humorous instances of irony that would bring a smile to your face as you take a breather from your hectic work schedule .

#1 Is it ‘Opposite’s day ‘ ?

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#2 We can afford to be a wee bit selfish sometimes !

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#3  Apparently not

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#4 I wouldn’t trust them 

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#5  Definition of irony !

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#6    I can feel it

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# 7  I see what he did there 

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#8  At least they’re living up to their brand name !

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# 9  The man is full of inconsistencies

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#10  Or not 

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#11  Anything except the bell of course .

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#12  Taking signs too literally now , are we ?

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#13   Smoking Marketing inverted 

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#14   Titanic does a Mario balotelli and goes “ Why always Me ? “ 

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