Alanis Morissette wrote a song entitled “Ironic” in which the lyrics describe not a single case of irony — which in itself is ironic! She obviously is quite a bit more brilliant than most people give her credit for.
Gotta love how everyone pretends they know what irony is when this comes up. Here’s an English lesson for you all: there are many types of irony. Situational irony is one of the forms. Alanis’ song doesn’t have any verbal irony, but has a few incidents of situational irony (guy waiting whole life to fly only to die in a plane crash). Now you know that you’re wrong. Let’s move on.
That’s not ironic, jonxzz. If he were afraid of flying and died in a plane crash, but he WASN’T on the plane (think 86th floor of Tower 1), then you can say it was possibly ironic. The only thing ironic about Alanis’ song was when the guy on the plane said “isn’t this great”, which is verbal irony, or sarcasm.