one is therefore extremely careful in the use of 'irony' and the word 'ironic' to describe things, as it's one of those words (like 'literally') which is inappropriately used, sometimes to hilarious result. rain on your wedding day isn't ironic. it's inconvenient and wet, perhaps, but it happens. can rain be ironic? I'm not sure. perhaps readers can construct a scenario in which rain on your wedding day might be ironic, but it would involve an entire storytelling verse prior to the chorus that explains the context for said irony.
all that to lead up to a BBC story about India's program to alleviate poverty, in which it pays folks minimum wage and guarantees 100 days work per year for each rural household. this works in some places and is running into corruption in other places. quote:
Mr Das is not the only person worried about implementation. One of the ironies is that India's poorest states which need the scheme most are generally its worst governed too.
is that irony? or just common sense? fill me in. am I wrong? is it ironic? or just tragically expected and normal?