FwrRIteDAY: “Happenstance”

There are two types of people in this world: People who use “ironic” incorrectly, and people who insist on correcting the other people.

I really hate that I just used  that two-types-of-people trope, bit in this case I think it’s pretty true. I have not way to prove this, but I feel pretty confident that every English speaker has used “ironic” incorrectly at least once in their life, and there’s a good chance that someone made you feel pretty darn foolish for that mistake.

I used to be the person who made you feel foolish. Every time I heard “ironic” when I was expected to hear “coincidental” or “serendipitous” or “seriously” instead, I would cringe and feel compelled to say something. And even though I tried to remain polite about it, teenage awkwardness and my generally horrible use of speech made a simple correction always came out as a really judgmental insult.  I really wish someone told me how much of a jerk I could be (or that I listened when someone already did).

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Blame and Responsibility

In one of my favorite episodes of The Cracked Podcast, a parallel gets made between the subversive nature of racism in America, and the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” I’ve posted the link to their episode below but if you’re too busy to listen to it, I’ll summarize it for you, but before I do that, I have to lay down some groundwork for reasons that will become obvious in about a paragraph.

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