200 BM Daily Vocabulary #19 | irony


Today’s word is Irony – Irony means: to express the negative aspect of something positive. Sometimes it is used in a humorous way also.


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In this English vocabulary lesson, you will learn how to use the word irony. We are sure that this ESL lesson will help you to enhance your English vocabulary and speak English fluently and confidently.


In order to save time and get better discounts on monthly groceries, Mrs. Ahuja started online shopping. Soon along with groceries, she started shopping for clothes, cosmetics, furniture, kids apparel, and many other products.

After six months of consistent online shopping, Mr. Ahuja, her husband who actually paid the bills, realized that instead of saving money on groceries shopping they spent a lot more on buying other products. Here the irony is that an app that was installed to save money was being used to spend a lot more.


Listen carefully on how we can use the word “irony” in 8 different forms in 8 different Contexts.

Example number 1 of 8: Many writers use irony to make their readers laugh. This means writers use a language which signifies the opposite to bring out the humor in their stories.


Example number 2 of 8: I told my friend that he looks like Virat Kohli and he really believed it! He couldn’t even detect the irony in my tone.


Example number 3 of 8: Sometimes I have to explain my joke just because people do not understand the irony. Oh God! I think I should joke with people who understand this type of humor.


Example number 4 of 8: The name of Britain’s biggest dog was “tiny”. Now here you can see two opposite things! This is an excellent example of irony.


Example number 5 of 8: The Irony of using social media: it brings people from different parts of the world closer but drifts them away from those staying close to them.


Example number 6 of 8: Let me give you one more example of irony – I had read somewhere that John’s heart is soft as a stone. Now you know a stone can never be soft so it’s an irony.


Example number 7 of 8: When I told my father that I scored very fewer marks in the exam, he said “Oh great son. Proud of you.” I could easily notice the irony or sarcasm in his tone.


Example number 8 of 8: Latest research suggests that freshers or newly joined employees progress faster in their careers as compared to those who have been working for many years. This is the irony that the corporate world is experiencing.


Today we learned the word “irony” which means – to express the negative aspect of something positive. Sometimes it is used in a humorous way also.


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