What is the difference between verbal irony and Socratic irony?

Verbal irony involves saying one thing but meaning the opposite, while Socratic irony involves feigning ignorance to provoke critical thinking in others.

  • Verbal irony example: A person arrives late to a meeting, and someone says, “Well, look who decided to join us!”
  • Socratic irony example: In a classroom discussion, a teacher asks seemingly naive questions to lead students to reconsider their assumptions or explore complex concepts further.