Like the metal, whose name constitutes 80% of the attitude, the chief force behind irony’s effectiveness is its weight. Used skilfully, irony need not be a hammer but a scalpel that can be more incisive than crushing.

Irony as a hammer provides blunt force trauma that ridicules but may not enlighten. As a scalpel, irony may provide both ridicule and redirection but rarely provides public humour. This Daily Telegraph post demonstrates that there can be hammers with an edge to them.

My choice fellow wordsmith Blandwagon has the ability to create hilarious word pictures with irony. This Daily Telegraph post is a worthy match for the best of Blanders’ most pointed excoriations.

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