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It's ironic that the phrase "That's the understatement of the year!" is a hyperbole, amirite?

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Before someone comes on here complaining that that isn't ironic:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/irony

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@bluegoddess Before someone comes on here complaining that that isn't ironic: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/irony

But it isn't saying "THIS is the understatement" it's saying that about something else.
It's not ironic to have said "[Rock group] is underrated" from the lips of an overrated rock group.

Just because the two terms "understatement" and "hyperbole" happen to accidentally be opposites, does not make this ironic.

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