Posted by Smokey Stover on November 14, 2007
In Reply to: Irony posted by Bruce Kahl on November 14, 2007
: : : : : What does the this mean when someone says it to another perIronyson... Don't do anything that I wouldn't do?
: : : : It means "Behave yourself." The doings that the listener is to avoid are unspecified bad actions. Sometimes it's said ironically. ~rb
: : : Isn't it usually said ironically? Pamela
: : My experience with it isn't broad enough to say. It may be said without irony in old writings. ~rb
: No irony at all.
: I heard that phrase a lot growing up in the NYC area in the 50s and 60s.
: Most of the time it was just a way of saying "take it easy".
: My father amplified it a bit by saying "Don't do anything you can't take a picture of".
I think it's a little under-ironic to be called irony. I'd rather call it attempted humor, like the valedictory, "Be good. And if you can't be good, be careful."