When you said my outfits are always amazing
did you mean they cause great surprise?
or that they leave you in wonder
or that you find them astonishing?
I’m not sure it’s good that you think I dress
in ways that are astonishing, astounding,
surprising, stunning, staggering, shocking,
startling, stupefying, breathtaking;
awesome, awe-inspiring, sensational,
remarkable, spectacular, stupendous,
phenomenal, extraordinary, incredible,
unbelievable; mind-blowing, jaw-dropping;
Was your comment verbal irony?
or have I tipped the scales into weirdness?
I’m sure I’m not really so startlingly impressive.
But if you truly think so,
Someone I admire made this comment at an event, and while I took it as a compliment, I pondered that one can disguise true opinion in the flexibilities of English! What is irony but a twist of meaning? With thanks to the Google dictionary for this one.