i-ro-ny n. pl. i-ro-nies
3. Dramatic irony.
4. Socratic irony.
How many people know how to use the word irony in its proper definition? Not a whole lot, as I’m coming to discover. The term irony appears to be applied toward a great many anecdotes or circumstances that have no sense of irony to them whatsoever. It gives a person a lot of pause in thinking about the sociological redefinition about a lot of words. Let’s take feminism for example:
1. Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
2. The movement organized around this belief.
When people ask me if I’m a feminist, I answer yes. I usually get strange looks, but not because of the fact that I believe in equality, but because they have redefined this word to mean that I believe females are superior to males. Has public misconception of diction truly progressed to a point where words become redefined to a point of misunderstanding? I blame Rush Limbaugh and his femi-nazi term; it seems to have crossed over into the social consciousness of what the word means. Feminists are simply those who want equal rights, not those who’re leather-wearing motorcycle bull dykes who think all men are not worth scraping off the bottom of their steel-toed boot.
I wish people would learn vocabulary before using words they don’t truly understand.