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Wry

The adjective wry has many different connotations: bitterly ironic or amusing, a devious purpose, or distorted. In one instance, it can be used to further explain the irony of a situation, just how it is bitterly humorous when a news anchor makes grammar mistakes when they are on live television, and someone rudely calls them out and mocks them for it like it’s some big deal. Another specific way that that wry is used is to describe a face made when something you dislike is tasted, more specifically the “Donald Trump” face.

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Examples: An example of wryness can be found in the short story “Cannibals and Explores” by Ana Maria Shua.

“ The cannibals consume those parts of the body they believe will instill in them the virtues they admire in their victims… the cannibals don the explores’ clothes… once in London, delivered scholarly lectures on cannibals.” (Shua 43).

This passage expands on the wry irony in this microstroy because the cannibals became what they ate, and, since they ate the explorers they became them. And, later on, they eventually taught about cannibals in London. This is ironic because they were originally the cannibals that they taught about.

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