3. coincidental; unexpected: It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.
Often the word “ironic” is misused to remark on a coincidence, such as “This is the third time today we’ve run into each other. How ironic.”
It is also mistakenly used to describe something out of the ordinary or unusual: “Yesterday was a beautiful, warm day in November. It was really ironic.”
ORthey: "Literally" and "ironic" are indeed in the midst of a change, and that's just how it goes.
bongo_x: But "They literally brought down the house" is bad: because "they brought down the house" is an easier to say and understand sentence and "literally" adds nothing to it except only confusion. You don’t get a sense of an even more exciting performance by adding "literally" to that sentence, just as you don’t think "literally hotter than hell" is more dramatic or / of a higher temperature than "hotter than hell".
25. to let go a hold.
So Miss Johnson returned to her typing and dreamed her little dreamy dreams, unaware as she was of the cruel trick fate had in store for her. For Miss Johnson was about to fall victim of the dreaded international Chinese Communist Conspiracy. Yes, these fanatical thieves under the leadership of the so-called Mao Tse-tung had caught Miss Johnson off guard for one brief but fatal moment and destroyed her. Just as they are ready to do anytime free men anywhere waver in their defence of democracy.
That's why nine out of ten small countries choose American defence.
Or Crelm toothpaste . . .
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