Going through my glossary of fallacies I noticed that Irony needed a bit of attention. I think a bit about it here is appropriate:Does the title of this thread indicate a bit of irony?Were you intrigued because it portended an occultish feel about it?Or were you interested simply because your bullshit detector was running and you'd thought you'd have some fun.Warning alert:What is being hinted at in between the lines?Is it slippery and wet with ambiguouus narrative?Do you detect any vanities, pretentiousness, or self righteous presumptions?Does your own reading reflect any inner ironies still undetected?Irony helps us to find the reality as a reader. It's a free and indirect discourse using a a third person character to take over the narration. It makes it hard to know what the narrator really thinks. Detecting irony takes time and re-readings to find the discrepancies in language to catch on to any hidden truths. Irony looks beyond conventional wisdom and is used to sharpen a readers vision.Verbal irony is simple enough - it's when words don't match their meaning. They provide verbal wittisms to interest the readers attention. Sarcasm is one such device. Here are some others...Stable and unstable irony helps to distinguish verbal ironies. Stable ironies are simply just the reverse of a statement. Usually used in a facetious manner. An un-stable irony never reaches a correct meaning and will remain that way. Making way for further confusion. It's used on purpose by some story writers.Dramatic Irony is found between the characters and the audience. A good example being the Greek tragedy Oedipus. The audience knows what's going to happen but the character doesn't.Not all ironies come into focus at the same time. Sometimes they are ambiguous and multiple interpretations are required. Irony reminds us how difficult it is to make sense of the world and with the discrepencies between appearance and reality.If someone was looking down at you from above and narrating your story how ironic would it be in the telling? Remember, a narrator is not a god. How well do you understand your own life irony?Here's a bit of cosmic irony: Never mind what we do or don't know up there in the Universe. What about the things we do or don't know about down here on the ground?