I sure love to laugh, especially with my family and friends. Sharing laughter with loved ones is the best. We tease one another and poke fun just a little, and everyone knows there’s love behind it. Fun times. Because the world needs more laughs, I’m doing a blog series on satire. If you’ve stumbled across my blog for the first time, do scroll back. If you enjoy my eclectic posts, I invite you to subscribe. My interests are broad and varied.
If you don’t know, the word satire owes its roots to the Latin for well-fed as in saturated and sated. Just think on that a moment. Laughter is part of the human condition. Laugh and your soul chows down.
There are three main forms of irony found in Satire. Yesterday we looked at Dramatic Irony. For today’s post I’m taking a look at satire’s ironic side which pokes fun through opposites. This is known as Verbal Irony. Verbal Irony is a trope or figure of speech, in which the intended meaning of a statement differs from the meaning the words themselves imply — that is, what you mean is different from what you say. Example: You pull through a drive thru fast food place and the lid isn’t on your cup as tight as it should be. It spills in your lap and you say, “Great, just great!” or “Oh that’s fabulous.” Obviously it’s not.
You’ll often encounter verbal irony if you watch late night comedians. It takes razor wit and depth of intelligence to pull off this type of sarcastic satire. This was the stuff the court jesters did in the days of old.
A few cute examples of Verbal Irony in a clip from the nerdy TV show~
The Big Bang Theory
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