Interested in Language
Dear teachers and friends
Could you please share some light on this?
How does one become irony-impared? Is there any cure?
NOT A TEACHER
(1) Maybe "irony-impaired" means that a person is not able to recognize irony.
(2) (It is raining cats and dogs)
Martha: Lovely day, isn't it!!!
James: No, it isn't!!! It's really raining hard.
He did not understand that Martha was being ironic when she said those
It's a jocular analogy, poking gentle fun at politically-correct shibboleths like 'You mustn't call people who can't hear "deaf"; you must call them "hearing-impaired".' A similar thing is done with the expression 'coronary bypass'; someone with no sense of humour is sometimes said to have had 'a humor-bypass' (no typo, this strikes me as an American sort of joke).
PS I know I know I know already: 'hearing-impaired' covers a range of abilities ranging from hard-of-hearing to deaf-as-a-post. But there is a knee-jerk reaction in many contexts to replace 'deaf' with the euphemism, just as 'OAP' [=Old Age Pensioner] has been virtually extinguished by the importation of 'Senior Citizen'.
And there is no cure.