Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' Finally Becomes So in Parody - WSJ.com
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Eliza and Rachael Hurwitz are two of a set of triplets who remembered hearing an English teacher bemoan the song's lyrics. Eliza, a stand-up comedian who recently graduated from New York University, decided to rewrite the song last year while writing a column for the humor website Hello Giggles.
The concept of irony has a way of befuddling people. Over the years, the word has come to be widely misused as a synonym for "unfortunate." By definition, though, irony implies that something has happened in the opposite way from which it was intended. "Rain on your wedding day is just bad luck," said Ralph Sneeden, an English teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.
Ms. Morissette has since claimed that the irony of the song lies in its lack thereof, but the Hurwitzes took a more direct approach, reworking each original verse to one that indisputably qualifies as ironic. "It's a black fly in your Chardonnay, that was specifically purchased to repel black flies," goes the rewrite. "It's like rain on your wedding day—a day and place you chose because it's known not to rain."