irony vs sarcasm
Irony underpins college student humor. It is the official millennial/hipster state of mind and dominates much of the humor in this generation’s movies, songs and books. Irony goes hand-in-hand with sarcasm.
The definition of irony:
“the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.”
An example of irony
“Don’t go overboard with the gratitude,” he rejoined with heavy irony.
Irony synonyms: sarcasm, causticity, cynicism, mockery, satire,
Irony antonyms: sincerity
Memorable quotes about irony:
“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet
Irony versus Sarcasm:
“That’s the difference between irony and sarcasm. Irony can be spontaneous, while sarcasm requires volition. You have to create sarcasm.” Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Sarcasm is about the use of words which imply a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning. For example, to say ‘Just what I feel like!” when you have been told that you have to work a double shift. When this is used on purpose to pronounce a belief or opinion that is opposite of the one you really hold, this is sarcasm.
examples of irony
“With every mistake, we must surely be learning.” George Harrison
We all know that hipsters love irony and it is their favorite form of humor. But this humor is also used as a literary device, and in plays, dramatic irony refers to when the characters in the play are unaware of the realities of their situation, but the audience has already grasped the bigger picture. Irony is present in much of our life experiences.
Irony underpins college student humor. It is the official millennial/hipster state of mind,and dominates much of the humor in this generation’s movies, songs and books. Irony goes hand-in-hand with sarcasm.