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January 25, 2011
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"BTW, the use of "your" instead of you're was intended… it's ironic."
No... but your entire comment is.
Intentionally using improper grammar to mock someone else's improper grammar is not ironic... 'facetious' perhaps, but not 'ironic'.
However, if you did it unintentionally and someone else pointed it out, THEN your attempted mockery would be ironic. So it is impossible to 'be ironic' (another ignorance the media perpetuates... 'I'm being ironic...') You can be 'sarcastic' or 'facetious', but not 'ironic'.
But I'm sure that conformance to mass ignorance will eventually force adoption of this misuse as well.
Chris - Thank you!
I, for one, find it disgusting that if enough people misuse a word, that this incorrect meaning becomes accepted as correct.
Personal pet peeve -> ignorant
People who use the word 'ignorant' as a synonym for 'rude' or 'cantankerous' are ignorant of its correct meaning and fail to appreciate the irony of their ignorance. (Yes, I'm aware that this is now an accepted meaning... but it shouldn't be!)
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