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A long list of examples of irony. I didn't make this, but it looks like you might have students sort them into piles for dramatic irony, situational irony, etc. This resource is part of the Poetry collection.


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March 15, 2008

In a scary movie when the audience knows that a killer is in the house, but the owners in the house don't know it........... This is nowhere near irony.

At a restaurant there is a fly floating in a customer's soup and the customer says, "Mmmmm. Insect soup, my favorite!" ............ IF HE ORDERED INSECT SOUP IT MIGHT WORK.

When watching a talk show, the audience knows why a person has been brought on the show. However, the person sitting in the chair does not know that he is going to be reunited with a former lover........ how is this irony??????????

You break a date with your girlfriend so you can go to the ball game with the guys. When you go out to the concession stand, you run into your date who is there with another guy...... NONSENSE

You stay up all night studying for a test. When you go to class, you discover the test is not until the next day...... AGAIN, LOOK UP THE DEFINITION

You are arguing with your mother, who reprimands you for being "smart." Your reply is sarcastic, "If you think I am smart, then why won't you let me make some smart decisions?"
Your boyfriend shows up in ripped jeans and a stained t-shirt. With a smirk, you say, "Oh! I see you dressed up for our date. We must be going to a nice restaurant!".............. !!! This is sarcasm……….

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, they were both eaten by a killer whale. THIS IS JUST BAD LUCK

A boy and his friends are talking trash about the principal, and the principal is standing right around the corner listening...... JEEZ!

Irony... a bird dieing of worms
Irony....Ordering a SAT NAV off Ebay and it getting lost in the post.

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