First, a little experiment: do a Google search for “plane crash irony”. I’ll wait.
All done? Good.
This little experiment was motivated by a report on our local CTV station that stated the death of Beverly Eckert, a 9/11 widow, in the New York State plane crash was a tragic irony.
Uh, no, not so much. It is a tragedy, absolutely. No question.
It is not, however, ironic in the least – you could perhaps stretch the concept of coincidence to encompass both individuals dying as a result of involvement with an airplane, but even then, the definition would be somewhat stretched. If she had been killed in a hijacked airplane as it crashed into whatever building replaces the Trade Centre towers, that would be ironic. Would it ever.
I only make an issue of this because I deplore the depths to which mass media have brought our language and our attention spans, not to mention the insults to our intelligence. Let’s also acknowledge the other passengers, the crew, and the poor resident into whose home the plane crashed – fortunately, his wife and daughter were able to escape.At least the New York Times recognizes that someone else was involved.
Sorry to intrude. Please enjoy your Valentine’s Day.