A non-existent and fictitious quality, although commonly referenced. The non-existence of irony can be confirmed from the fact that, although standard reference dictionaries name definitions such as "an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected, and/or the incongruity of this," any use of the term "irony" or "ironic" in keeping with such definitions invariably provokes whinging
to the effect that the label "irony" is misapplied in this instance. Since the appropriateness of any usage of the word "irony" under any circumstances will inevitably be contested, it can be safely assumed that the word does not properly describe anything, and thus that "irony" does not truly exist.
"It's ironic how Oedipus' parents abandoning him in the mountains to try and prevent him from fulfilling his destiny to kill his father and marry his mother made him a stranger to them and made it possible for him to actually do so, isn't it?"
(Extremely nasal voice) "Ex-CUSE me, that's not what 'irony' ACTUALLY mea...whoa! Wh-what are you doing with those hedge clippers...! AAAAAGGHGHHH!!!!!!!!"
A bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band who died in a plane crash
ConAir, Listing to Sweet Home Alabama dancing on a plane defineing irony...
An outcome of events that is different to that of what or might have been expected or tried to be prevented happens BECAUSE you tried to stop it.
Bob : I got an injection that should of stopped me getting cancer but instead it caused cancer and I could die any minute.
Bill : Well that's irony for ya
Bob : It sure is *laughs*
The girl really wanted sex and then she got raped
Amazon.com remotely deleting "1984" and "Animal Farm" by George Orwell from the Kindle devices of users who had purchased the books in July 2009.
A great example of irony is how the Amazon Kindle became a virtual memory hole.
Telling the world you've built an unsinkable ship...only to have it sink on it's maiden voyage.
No example of Irony.
Something that is opposite to the literal meaning.
I cut my finger on a packet of painkillers. Oh the irony.
using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its original intention.
irony: there is an S in the word lisp