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Old 01-11-2012, 08:24 AM
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What is the Opposite of Irony?

If I sign up at the gym and hire a personal trainer, and his name is Flabby McPotbelly, that would be ironic. But if my trainer's name is Bufftastic McRipped, that would be... ?

thesaurus.com was of little to no help.

Kismet, perhaps?
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:29 AM
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Aptness?
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:32 AM
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how 'bout just saying "appropriate" ?

Irony means using words that are the opposite of what you intend.
(in your example-Flabby McPotbelly is the opposite of what you expect a trainer to look like.
Bufftastic is the same as what you expect.)

And if something is the same as you intended, then it's appropriate.
Or, if you wanna sound a bit pretentious, say it in French: "a propos"
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:36 AM
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Answers.com gives "expected" as the antonym of "ironic", but it doesn't quite fit does it ?

ETA: ooh, I like appropriate, yes.

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:45 AM
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If I sign up at the gym and hire a personal trainer, and his name is Flabby McPotbelly, that would be ironic. But if my trainer's name is Bufftastic McRipped, that would be... ?
Hyperbole.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:02 AM
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I don't think there is any single opposite for irony. For example if you refer to a piece of writing as being ironic the opposite is probably something like earnest.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:03 AM
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If I sign up at the gym and hire a personal trainer, and his name is Flabby McPotbelly, that would be ironic. But if my trainer's name is Bufftastic McRipped, that would be... ?
Nominative determinism, in this specific sort of case.
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Fitting.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:15 AM
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permanent press.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:23 AM
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Unironic?

Concise Oxford English Dictionary 2008 Oxford University Press:
unironic
▶adjective not ironic.
– derivatives
unironically adverb.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:23 AM
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Wrinkly.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:08 AM
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Wrinkly.
I was going to say rusty.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:22 AM
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appropriate, apropos, befitting, apt, redundant
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:51 AM
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Earnest.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:54 AM
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Ebony.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:57 AM
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Apropos?

Dangit, scooped.

"I am the opposite of irony!" the brassy woman declared, fixing me with her steely gaze.

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:56 PM
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Ebony.
I believe that's the opposite of Ivory. They do, however, live together in perfect harmony.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:26 PM
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I believe that's the opposite of Ivory.
Ridiculous, the opposite of Ivory is Irish Spring.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:30 PM
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Ridiculous, the opposite of Ivory is Irish Spring.
Au contraire, I'm pretty certain that the opposite of Ivory is LAVA.

I would, in regards to the OP, most likely use apt.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:40 PM
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Obvious?
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:09 PM
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If I sign up at the gym and hire a personal trainer, and his name is Flabby McPotbelly, that would be ironic. But if my trainer's name is Bufftastic McRipped, that would be... ?
"Serendipity" is one word that comes to mind, but I don't think it entirely fits.

At any rate, this sort of thing certainly happens, where a person has a name that's oddly appropriate, or oddly inappropriate, to their occupation.
Strangely appropriate names
Fun with doctors' names
Athletes with the most appropriate names
You couldn't make this stuff up!
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:51 PM
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Sincerity. Earnestness.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:47 PM
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In this case, I'd vote for apropos. It does a better job at drawing attention to the name-job connection than anything else I can think of.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:09 PM
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<air-quote>Ironic</air-quote>
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If I sign up at the gym and hire a personal trainer, and his name is Flabby McPotbelly, that would be ironic. But if my trainer's name is Bufftastic McRipped, that would be... ?
Apposite.
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Oh look, here's a knife. How opportune.

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Goldy?
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:40 PM
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Sincerity. Earnestness.
Yes
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:12 PM
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I've heard the too-cute word aptronym used in this situation.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:24 PM
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[Black Adder] Goldy and silvery[/BA]

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:28 PM
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Sincerity...
This applies if we assume that an ironic remark is necessarily insincere, but that's not really the point of irony, is it? Deliberate irony is a technique to draw attention to something, rather than an attempt to deceive or be evasive

In this light, straightforward, or direct, would be closer, I would say, because a deliberately ironic statement is simply one that you aren't supposed to take at face value, rather than one you are not supposed to believe.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:53 AM
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Ironically the opposite of irony is still irony - irony is all encompassing. For example, see Major Major.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:19 AM
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Apologies for being a necro, just found this thread while searching for the answer to this question and thought there were a few interesting suggestions worth responding to.

Kismet, while an interesting word and somewhat relevant, is basically like 'fate'; if something is destined than it lacks that humorous connotation and quality that I think we need in a pair for the word 'irony'.

I'm assuming here that the desired out come is not a complete opposite, as that would just be something plain, but a mirror with similar connotations; something that deliberately emphasises a similarity in an intriguing way or describes the observation of some curious coincidence.
As such, I wonder if the most accurate antonym for irony would simply be 'coincidence'; even then it doesn't quite have much impact in conversation.

Yclept caught my eye but I don't think the definition really fits; it is more like an archaic synonym for 'named', which is hardly the opposite of 'irony'. Cool word, but it doesn't suit.

Fitting is quite good; it's what came to mind at first. I think it's probably best as it requires the least explanation and it's route as being adapted from a verb(-ing noun) tells a bit of a story rather than just observing the coincidence in question.
With use it may become readily understood the same way 'irony' is; I think the issue here is that 'irony' stands apart for a particular purpose whereas most words that are antonyms to it have more banal uses that render them ineffective for comparatively poignant(which may not be a bad idea itself) emphasis.

For this reason I'm definitely considering apropus; would need to explain it to most people but that lends the benefit of it seeming 'purposed' for the role. Unfortunately doesn't seem to have an adjective form, unless you count 'appropriately', which I think is important as 'ironic' is used as much if not more as 'irony'.

Anyway, apparently the modern use of 'irony' stems from a stock character of Greek theatre yclept 'Eiron', who as a comic opposed 'Alazon'. So I might start saying 'Alazonic' instead of any of the above answers(or just Alzonic), to coin a specific word for the usage.

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