Isn’t It Linguistic? New Viral Video Finally Corrects Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”

Ever since Alanis Morissette released "Ironic" in 1996, English teachers and people with just a general sense of the English language have wrung their hands over supposed poet Alanis's misuse of the titular term. No, Alanis, it is not ironic to get a free ride after you've already paid, to have a black fly in your Chardonnay, to see a "No Smoking" sign on your cigarette break, to have rain on your wedding day, etc.

But now grammatically, hilariously correct YouTubers Rachael and Eliza Hurwitz have provided a rewrite titled "It's Finally Ironic" (along with a parody of the original multiple-Alanises-road-trip music video) that at long last rights Alanis's lyrical wrongs, and infuses the iconic "Ironic" with some actual irony.

Rachael and Eliza's corrected lyrics include:

"It's a black fly in your Chardonnay…that was specifically purchased to repel black flies"

"It's a Death Row pardon that causes your demise…because you leave the jail and get hit by a bus"

"It's like rain on your wedding day…a day and place you chose because it's known not to rain"

"A 'No Smoking' sign you hung up when you quit…now you started again but can't smoke because of the sign"

The new chorus's hook even goes: "And that really is ironic/We fixed it for you, Alanis/You're welcome."

And on behalf of Alanis and grammaticians everywhere, we thank you, ladies.

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