Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grammar Nazi hijacks Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic'

Something that has plagued lovers of grammar and pop music for a couple decades now is the song 'Ironic' by Alanis Morissette. The lyrics depict various scenes, all of which are codified as ironic, doncha think? Except for the fact that none of the scenes in the song are actually examples of irony.

To assist, the definition of irony is: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning. Or (1) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity.

So an old man dying after winning the lottery is sad, but not an example of irony. I was quite happy to (very, very late) discover this video by CollegeHumor.com called Actually Ironic.

For you grammar lovers out there - the folks whose skin crawls when a comma splice comes after an improper use of the word 'their' - this song is for you.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte



8 comments:

  1. Bahahaa!!!! but I love that about that song ;) ( the lack of punctuation was intentional. . . sort of like that blank page.)

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  2. you can't grammar Nazi me f I give you no grammar ;)

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  3. "It's like rain on your wedding day (to the Egyptian sun god)..."

    Heh.

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  4. it wont let me see it. their is sumting wrong wit the vid.

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  5. It's like rain,
    On your wedding day...
    (to the Egyptian sun god, Rah)

    XD

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