Finally! Someone Corrects Alanis Morissette on the Defintion of “Ironic”

Jagged Little Pill may have sold a bazillion copies, but it wasn’t because Alanis Morissette understood the definition of “ironic.”

1. using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its liternal meaning; containing or exemplifying irony;

2.  of, pertaining to, or tending to use irony or mockery;

3.  coincidental, unexpected.

As this post points out, there is very little that’s “ironic” about anything in the lyrics of “Ironic.”  In 11 attempts, she pulls it off 2.5 times at best. 

Now things have been corrected.  Thank you.

(Via The Huffington Post)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “Finally! Someone Corrects Alanis Morissette on the Defintion of “Ironic”

  • July 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I always thought the ironic part of that song was that the "ironies" in question were not ironic, just examples of bad luck.

  • August 6, 2013 at 3:36 am

    She obviously did something right and caught a lot of people's attention. She sold more albums then any female artist; over night she became a star by accident! I think for writing and recording an album all in one day is pretty fuc*ing amazing!


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