The Closing Word: Ironic

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you how to specifically implement it in business. A well-spoken, intelligent agent inspires confidence with clients and colleagues alike.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (eye-RON-ick)

Why have we included this word? Because it’s so often used incorrectly. Many people use this word to describe “a funny coincidence.” This is wrong. It actually describes a contrary outcome, one that you wouldn’t expect.

(So, despite what Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic” says, “rain on your wedding day” is not ironic.)

characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is

incongruous, ironical

“A home inspection revealed the pipes were in terrible shape, which was ironic because the seller was a plumber.”


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