ironically vs coincidentally : Common Errors in English

About ironically vs coincidentally

An event that is strikingly different from or the opposite of what one would have expected, usually producing a sense of incongruity, is ironic: “The sheriff proclaimed a zero-tolerance policy on drugs, but ironically flunked his own test.” Other striking comings-together of events lacking these qualities are merely coincidental: “the lovers leapt off the tower just as a hay wagon coincidentally happened to be passing below.”

ironically Meaning(s)

  • (r) contrary to plan or expectation
  • (r) in an ironic manner

coincidentally Meaning(s)

  • (r) happening at the same time

ironically in News

  1. Jennifer Aniston Is Jealous of Kate Middleton's Hair

    Jennifer Aniston inspired legions of women to get "The Rachel" in the mid-90s, solidifying her status as a hair icon. Ironically, the Friends alum tells the July issue of Marie Claire she's jealous of another famous woman's tresses: Kate Middleton ! "Does she do her hair herself?" Aniston, 44, asks.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: US Weekly

  2. Landmark North Routt business gets permit revision from Routt County

    Ironically, it wasn’t live music at the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse that concerned Routt County officials and neighbors this week as much as the possibility that contaminants from pastured horses on the property could run off and find their way into the water supply.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Steamboat Pilot & Today

  3. When Cleaning fMRI Data is a Nuisance

    A flaw in data processing could be leading to biases in fMRI brain functional connectivity patterns, according to a new report: The Nuisance of Nuisance Regression. Ironically, two high-profile recent papers about bias are amongst the victims. The new paper, from Pittsburgh's Michael Hallquist and colleagues, is essentially about a case where 2 + 2 = 3. Functional connectivity fMRI (fcMRI) is a ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Discover

coincidentally in News

  1. Suggs shows up subdued, and in better shape

    The Ravens spent the offseason shedding old standbys from the defense. Perhaps not coincidentally, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs dropped some pounds, and some of his trademark bravado. Suggs was described as “subdued,” during his talk with reporter after yesterday’s Ravens minicamp, perhaps an indication he’s stepping into more of a leadership role after the departures…
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk

  2. How Two Sound Geeks Created Facebook's Friendly 'Ping' Tone

    That lightening bolt moment resulted in a F Major 7 chord, whose notes (not coincidentally) spell out F-A-C-E.                
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wired News

  3. Murals in second year of US tour

    As summer approaches, the highly valued murals from Talladega College continue the second year of a three-year tour through major U.S. cities. Coincidentally, the murals begin the second year of their tour during the 50th anniversary of some of the key events of the Civil Rights Movement.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily Home

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