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What Is Irony?

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In the 1994 movie “Reality Bites,” the character played by Winona Ryder, interviewing for a reporting job, is put on the spot and asked to define the word “Irony.” She can’t. It’s a scene that sticks with me as a writer, because I can’t say that cornered like that I’d do much better. I know that most of the examples in the Alanis Morissette song “Ironic” aren’t really ironic—but it’s a tough concept, and I’m not alone in fumbling with it. 

A guest blogger at Daily Writing Tips writes: Recently I was walking and talking with my co-worker, who happens to be a freelance writer and aspiring journalist. We were talking about the fact that our employers were providing us with a Thanksgiving lunch the day after Thanksgiving, and she said, “It’s so ironic!’’—all emphasis and drawing-out of syllables possible used on the last word. This is a smart girl I’m talking about. She’s a college graduate and has done her fair share of writing and reporting. And even so, she doesn’t know the definition of irony. Read More

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Errors in Using Quotations

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… here’s another quick writing tip from one of my favorite sites

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5 Errors in Treating Quotations.

1. “When an attribution (“so and so said/wrote/agreed”) leads into the quotation without intervening punctuation; the quotation becomes part of a framing sentence, and the first word of the original quotation is not capitalized.

Original: Alfred North Whitehead wrote that “The best education is to be found in gaining the utmost information from the simplest apparatus.”
Better: “Alfred North Whitehead wrote that ‘the best education is to be found in gaining the utmost information from the simplest apparatus.’” Read More