I understand that the word irony comes from Greek eironeia and iron comes from Old English isærn, but there should be something more to it. Why are both words so similar in modern English? Any thoughts, theories?
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You are describing by example how folk etymologies get started: requiring in your own mind that there be a reason behind a coïncidence.
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