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    Question Is There Such A Word

    Hello

    I have been wondering if there is such a word to describe instances such as the following.

    1) using a "smiley face" button as the button to start a nuclear war
    2) using a happy tune/song as the background music for a horrible scene in a movie or TV show

    Basically, using one thing to represent something that is completely opposite from the meaning or feeling of that one thing.

    I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure out if such a word exists. At first I thought of "ironic," but that just doesn't seem correct.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Is There Such A Word

    Quote Originally Posted by DazedAndConfused View Post
    Hello

    I have been wondering if there is such a word to describe instances such as the following.

    1) using a "smiley face" button as the button to start a nuclear war
    2) using a happy tune/song as the background music for a horrible scene in a movie or TV show

    Basically, using one thing to represent something that is completely opposite from the meaning or feeling of that one thing.

    I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure out if such a word exists. At first I thought of "ironic," but that just doesn't seem correct.

    Thank you for your help.
    I think "irony" is it.
    irony: Use of word in a way that conveys a meaning opposite to its usual meaning

    Lou

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