I recently came across a Facebook post, about a city in India known as Patiala. I was arguing with the admin, about the correct usage of the word irony. Is the word correctly used in the following paragraph? If yes, what kind of irony is it?

Congratulation to Patiala as Royal City turns 250 year Older on 12-2-2013.

It is an irony that Patiala will enter its 250th anniversary all alone, with none to throw a party and none to congratulate it for the feat that it is poised it achieved on Tuesday. It is an irony that nobody remembers the ‘birthday’ of one of the most amiable cities of Punjab. Neither the district administration nor any other organisation has planned any celebrations to commemorate the historical feat.

  • I'm afraid this text has other problems besides the word irony, such as several grammatical mistakes. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Feb 17 '13 at 3:39
  • @Cerberus Yea, I noticed those. – Tarandeep Gill Feb 18 '13 at 23:20

It is not dramatic irony, which relates solely to fictional, dramatic contexts. Your true story reflects situational irony, which is the irony of a situation whose outcome is contrary to what was expected.


It seems to be correct, in saying that despite the city's historical achievements, at the same time, that no one will remember or celebrate it. Why have a significant anniversary like a 250th without a celebration?


I think this might be dramatic irony.

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    That's great. Can you explain why? – Kit Z. Fox Feb 17 '13 at 12:43

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