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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 09:47 PM

4. I think it's intent was figurative and ironic.

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Irony (from the Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía, meaning dissimulation or feigned ignorance)[1] is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or situation in which there is a sharp incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the simple and evident intention of words or actions. There is presently no accepted method for textually indicating irony, though an irony (punctuation) mark has been proposed.

Ironic statements (verbal irony) typically imply a meaning in opposition to their literal meaning. A situation is often said to be ironic (situational irony) if the actions taken have an effect exactly opposite from what was intended. The discordance of verbal irony may be deliberately created as a means of communication (as in art or rhetoric). Descriptions or depictions of situational ironies, whether in fiction or in non-fiction, serve a communicative function of sharpening or highlighting certain discordant features of reality. Verbal and situational irony are often used for emphasis in the assertion of a truth. The ironic form of simile, used in sarcasm, and some forms of litotes emphasize one's meaning by the deliberate use of language which states the opposite of the truth — or drastically and obviously understates a factual connection.

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Violet_Crumble Dec 2011 OP
oberliner Dec 2011 #1
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Crunchy Frog Dec 2011 #4
bemildred Dec 2011 #5
Violet_Crumble Dec 2011 #6
LeftishBrit Dec 2011 #7
oberliner Dec 2011 #8
King_David Dec 2011 #9
Donald Ian Rankin Dec 2011 #10
oberliner Dec 2011 #11
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