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    RossTaylor is offline Newbie
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    Ironic usage

    Can someone provide me with a few example usage of the word ironic?

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    Re: Ironic usage

    There's a Simpsons episode in which Homer deliberately gains weight so he can work from home. Of course, once his boss is no longer watching him, he slips out and goes to a movie, almost causing a meltdown at the nuclear power plant. As the reactor is about to explode, he crawls across the vent to the switch to shut it down, but the ladder buckles under his weight and he falls, just as the pipe blows up. He lands in the opening, and his enormous gut fills the hole perfectly. Thus, while his large size had prevented him from shutting down the reactor, he still saved the town from nuclear meltdown.

    Lisa says, "I think it's ironic that Dad saved the day while a thinner man would have fallen to his death."

    Bart says, "I think it's ironic that, for once, Dad's butt prevented the release of toxic gases."

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Ironic usage

    These sites will give you many examples of almost any word or phrase:
    Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
    British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)

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    Re: Ironic usage

    Quote Originally Posted by RossTaylor View Post
    Can someone provide me with a few example usage of the word ironic?
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Mr.Taylor.

    (1) The other posters have given you excellent advice.

    (2) My only contribution is to respectfully suggest that you be

    very careful before using this word.

    (3) For example, a local newspaper once reported this news:

    Two robbers held up a store at 7 p.m. Ironically, at the same

    time there were three police officers eating at a restaurant

    across the street.

    (a) Some English teachers would say that there was nothing

    ironic about that. The correct word would probably be

    coincidentally.

    Thank you

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