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    Dear All,

    I wonder if you see this example as humorous irony:

    A wife intends to surprise her husband with her new hair-do and, on arriving home, says to her spouse: “I went to the hairdresser’s this afternoon, my dear”. In reply, the husband asks with a smile on his face: “Did you? Er … was it closed, darling?”

    By the way, do I need to put a 'she' before 'says': ... she says to her spouse ... ?

    Thank so much.

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    Default Re: Is this irony?

    It's sarcasm IMO.

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    Default Re: Is this irony?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear All,

    I wonder if you see this example as humorous irony:

    A wife intends to surprise her husband with her new hair-do and, on arriving home, says to her spouse: “I went to the hairdresser’s this afternoon,my dear”. In reply, the husband asks with a smile on his face: “Did you? Er … wasit closed, darling?”

    By the way, do I need to put a 'she' before 'says': ... she says to her spouse ... ?

    Thank so much.

    Csika
    Yes, it is irony. There are several forms of irony. Sarcasm is one. I'd call this verbal irony.
    Irony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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