What this column stands for
This column stands for not taking oneself too seriously. It is erected to further my new year's resolution to keep this website fresh and readable.
column n. 1. Archit. a. an upright shaft or body of greater length
than thickness, usu. serving as a support,; a pillar. b. a vertical architectural member consisting
typically of an approximately cylindrical shaft with a base and a capital. 2. any column-like
object, mass, or formation: a column of smoke. 3. Bot. the upright cylindrical structure
formed by the union of stamens in an orchid. 4. Geol. geological sequence deposited
through the various periods of geological time. 5. Geol. a cylindrical dripstone formation
formed by the union of a stalactite and a stalagmite. 6. one of the two or more vertical rows of lines
of type or printed matter of a page: there are two columns on this page. 7. a perpendicular row of figures. 8. a regular contribution to a newspaper, usu.
signed, and consisting of comment, news, etc. 9. a journalistic department
devoted to short articles, etc., of an entertaining or esp. readable kind furnished by
a particular editor or writer with or without the aid of contributors. 10. a line of ships following one after the other.
11. a formation of troops, narrow laterally and
extended from front to rear. [ME columpne, from OF, from L columna
ironic adj. 1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterised by irony: an ironic compliment. 2. using, or addicted to irony: an ironic speaker. 3. of the nature of or containing irony... [L ironicus, from Gk eironicos dissembling, feigning ignorance]......
irony n... 1. a figure of speech or literary device in which the literal meaning is the opposite of that intended, esp., as in the Greek sense, when the locution understates the effect intended, employed in ridicule or merely playfully. 2. an ironical utterance or expression. 3. simulated ignorance in discussion (Socratic irony). 4. the quality or effect, or implication of a speech or situation in a play or the like understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters of the piece (dramatic irony). 5. an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected. 6. an ironical quality. [L. ironica, from Gk eironeia dissimilation, understatement]...
The Macquarie dictionary, second edition