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Ironic, isnít it



Ironic, isnít it
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.89

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     challenging words:    boogeyman, VerbalDramaticSituational, prankster, oregano, best, accessory, irony, shaving, summarize, accessorize, literal, spraying, prank, dramatic, humorous, unaware
     content words:    Famous Parsleyed Potatoes, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan


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Ironic, isnít it
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Isn't it ironic? The more you try to be ironic, the more difficult it is! Do you know what else is ironic? Irony has nothing to do with ironing! Irony [EYE-ruh-nee] is the humorous or scornful use of words to express the opposite of what one really means. What is said or written is not what is meant. In this lesson, you are going to try your hand at ironic [eye-RAHN-ik] writing.
 
2     There are three types of irony. Think carefully about each type because you get to choose which type you attempt to create for this assignment.
3     Verbal irony is the use of words to mean something other than their literal meaning. Most sarcastic comments are ironic. For instance, the person who says, "Nice going, Einstein," isn't really paying anyone a compliment. Along those lines, suppose you write about a character who works as a cook. Cookie names a potato recipe, "My Famous Parsleyed Potatoes." There are two ironies; first, the potato dish is not famous, and second, oregano replaces parsley in the dish! A teenage character might say, "I was so happy about getting braces that I skipped all the way to the orthodontist's office."
 
4     Most likely, you have used irony in speaking to others. Write down something you've said that was the opposite of what you really meant:






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