Isn’t This Ironic?

It’s been nearly 20 years since Alanis Morrisette’s song about irony from Jagged Little Pill came out and got us, mainly bored Americans, debating for the first time. I vaguely remember when it was first released and not knowing what the word “irony” meant at the time but just enjoying the song’s strange lyrics. Actually, this has got to be one of my least favorite and most annoyed about songs because Alanis sounds so loud and whiny on the track along with the raucous guitars.

This “Ironic” is ironic because none of the situations she sings about in the song being ironic are in fact ironic, at least not in the traditional sense of irony. How ironic.

Is it really ironic to have rain on your wedding day or when you are looking for a single damn knife to butter your toast but there are ten thousand spoons in the drawer (as if anyone in their right mind would have that many)? These are simply the opposite of your expectations. If you lived in Florida, Louisiana, or Alabama, having rain on your wedding day wouldn’t be that surprising since these states get the most rainfall in the United States. Obviously the person who bought 10,000 fricken spoons for some reason forgot that other pieces of silverware are also important and forgot to buy them.

What is ironic about finding a black fly in your Chardonnay, other than it ruining the taste? I’d sue the restaurant for such unsanitary services.

Wouldn’t you be breaking the rules and a little inept for smoking near a No Smoking sign? Unless you’re blind, this is just a common sense thing.

I’m not sure about the “free ride when you already paid” because wouldn’t you know it’s a free ride beforehand or wouldn’t you get a refund because of some mistake such as the taxi missing a turn and causing you to be late for work?

This is a song that has been frequently dissected and subject to much interpretation. It should have, in fact, been called “Unlucky” or “Bummer” because that is what most of the events described in this song are, simple unfortunate events and coincidences, but that wouldn’t have made for a very attractive or marketable song title.

And isn’t it a bummer, don’t you think…a little bit of a bummer, and I really do think

There is one form of irony in the song though that is used somewhat correctly:

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well, isn’t this nice.”
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think

It’s ironic that the kiss goodbye to his kids was in fact his final goodbye to them. He never took a plane his whole life, and the first time he did, it crashed down. Now, is that really irony or just bad luck? It would be more ironic if the man taking the flight was an engineer who helped design the very plane that goes down. It would be really ironic if the plane bore his name.

Here are some forms of irony that I believe would work well in a song:

A billionaire drowning in a vault of his own fortune, like Scrooge McDuck

A “NO SMOKING” sign next to a counter that sells cigarettes

Having your wedding indoors because the weatherman predicted it to be a rainy day, when it actually turned out to be sunny. A fire breaks out in the building, causing the sprinkler system to go off, ruining everything, and you shout “Why didn’t we have the wedding outside!”

Having a dislike for the taste of grapes but liking the taste of Chardonnay, because the wine is basically made from grapes

A gravestone marked with the surname “Born” being visited by a man with the last name “Deadman”

When you go into a factory that produces knives and all you can find are spoons

A matchmaker who can’t find love for him or herself

A priest who was born to atheist parents

A comedian who literally dies from laughing

Work some of those examples into a song and the ironists would finally be able to rest peacefully – in a house built over a former burial ground of angry spirits, unknown to them but to us, which is dramatic irony. Music is so fun to explore.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Snark Bombs, Away!.”

Try your hand at parody or satire — take an article, film, blog post, or song you find misguided, and use humor to show us how. 

N is for Nose

nose1 nose3

Don’t be a nosy Rosie. Keep your nose out other people’s business. Got your nose. Keep your nose to the grindstone.

These are just a couple of common sayings people have used that wordplay on our device of smell. Some interesting things about the grindstone saying: it apparently originated from millers putting their noses to a millstone or grindstone in order to check that the wheel used to grind cereal wasn’t overheating, but another origin theory is that putting your nose to a grindstone was a punishment of hard labor for workers, which is the general meaning for the saying today: keeping focused on your work.

The scents of things that worked my olfactory nerves today:

Glazed chicken in cranberry sauce
Peanut butter sandwich
Fish patties
Turkey stuffing
Crunchy almond cereal and milk
Confectioners candy

Acrostic poem:

New smells, mind excited
Olfactory itches, image brightens
Sweet scents of rose, foul odors of gas
Everything counts,  keep it to the grindstone and stay in class!

Who nose what I’ll have next for the letter O?

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K is for Kafkaesque

The most Kafkaesque video game ever
The most Kafkaesque video game ever

“I am a cage in search of a bird…” – Franz Kafka

Kafkaesque is a word I was first introduced to from an episode of the third season of Breaking Bad when Jesse was attending group therapy. In response to Jesse saying he was afraid to meet the owner of the laundromat everyone was afraid of (Gus Fring), the group leader noted it “sounds kind of Kafkaesque.” It may sound like a weird word but break it down and it describes anything that suggests or relates to Franz Kafka or his writing, especially anything “nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or of illogical quality.” Feelings of senselessness, disorientation, and helplessness usually occur afterward. The Kafkaesque of daily blogging. Yikes! I think it’s pronounced “kavka” by the way.

Franz Kafka was obviously a brilliant writer to have a word named after himself. His writings often were dark, vague, and frightening in nature, which may be why the term Kafkaesque came into nature to describe situations relating to his writing style. His wish to his friend and publisher, Max Brod, was to have his writings, published and unpublished, burned after his death, but Max saved them anyway until they were confiscated by the Gestapo, some bureaucratic German police force I think, later on – sounds kind of Kafkaesque, huh?

The cockroach is often used as a symbolic image of Kafkaesque, in many forms, comical and serious.

Here are some things considered Kafkaesque – bizarre and illogical:

You're A Cockroach, Charlie Brown!
You’re A Cockroach, Charlie Brown!
Cannibal Grandma
Cannibal Grandma
The Dystopia Child
Literal meaning of “thrown under the bus”
Did Seinfeld have the most Kafkaesque ending ever? Or was it Lost or The Sopranos?

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