Logophile Tuesday – Verbal Irony
Perhaps my favorite form of wordplay is clever verbal irony. That is, simple phrases that are internally contradictory in delightfully evocative ways.
“the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”
You better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace; it’s unpleasantly like being drunk.
Well, what’s so unpleasant about being drunk?
You ask a glass of water!
This is a pattern continued in his fabulous tour of the natural world Last Chance to See:
Sadly, however, it seems that not only has the kakapo forgotten how to fly, but it has forgotten that it has forgotten how to fly. Apparently a seriously worried kakapo will sometimes run up a tree and jump out of it, whereupon it flies like a brick and lands in a graceless heap on the ground.
Does anyone else have any favorite ironic turns of phrase? I predict a comment section full of Wilde.