Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Irony Defined

I had a reader send me an email (thanks Liz) to tell me she thought I was "insightful".

Irony, it turns out, is when one who is told they are insightful has to google the definition of the word to see exactly how that applies:

in·sight  [in-sahyt]

1. an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, especially through intuitive understanding: an insight into 18th-century life.
2. penetrating mental vision or discernment; faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth.
3. Psychology .
    a. an understanding of relationships that sheds light on or helps solve a problem.
    b. (in psychotherapy) the recognition of sources of emotional difficulty.
    c. an understanding of the motivational forces behind one's actions, thoughts, or 
        behavior; self-knowledge.

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