|Borrowed from GraphJam.com|
Often people claim something is ironic when it is simply coincidental. The example in the article I'm stealing from suggested this scenario comparison:
Barbara moved from California to New York, where she ended up meeting and falling in love with a fellow Californian.
Had Barbara moved from Cali to NY to escape Californian men and then met and fell in love with a fellow Californian, that would be irony.
If a woman chooses not to have an outdoor wedding out of fear that it might rain, but the sprinklers go off accidentally in the reception hall she booked to avoid rain, that's irony.
The correct word to use to tell someone you have a fear of long words is: hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. Now that's ironic.
One of my fears is globophobia which is much easier to say and doesn't even involve words of any kind. Unless they're written on a balloon.