Not To Be Trusted With Knives

{July 9, 2008}   Socratic Irony

I was reading up on the dictionary definition of irony1 and came across this definition of the term “Socractic irony“:

Socratic irony
pretended ignorance in discussion.

I’ve never heard this term before. I’m familiar with the concept of dramatic irony, but Socratic irony is a new one for me. I think I would merely have referred to it as “feigned ignorance.”

You learn something new every day!

1What, doesn’t everyone read the dictionary for fun?a
aNote that this sentence is sarcastic, not ironic.

Aren’t these beautiful flowers? Aren’t I a lucky girl to have such beautiful flowers?

Also, does anyone happen to know what these beautiful flowers are called? Or how best to keep them alive? I am notoriously bad at trying to keep plants alive, so any advice you have would be very much appreciated!

et cetera