If I hear the misuse of this word one more time I think I'm going to scream. In the past I took umbrage when British people said that Americans don't understand irony. But now I am in complete agreement. My mistake was in taking it personally and not recognizing that I am one of the exceptions to that generalization.
It does not mean: funny, coincidental, surprising, although it may contain those elements. And using the word incorrectly defeats the purpose of trying to make yourself sound smarterer.
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