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Homework Help: English

Posted by Mohammad on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:47pm.

i need help with english article, it say find irony, but i not get what irony be in here? i know there be three types of irony and this one be verbal irony which mean author of article mean to say opposite of what she means, but then do she not like pencils? or she do? i really not understand.

“An Ode to the User-Friendly Pencil,” Bonnie Laing

1 Recently I acquired a computer. Or perhaps I should say it acquired me. My therapist claims that acknowledging the superior partner in a destructive relationship is the first step toward recovery. I should point out that prior to this acquisition, my idea of modern technology at its best was frozen waffles. My mastery of business machines had advanced only as far as the stapler.2 I was persuaded to make this investment by well-meaning friends who said the word-processing capacity of a computer would make me a better writer, make me a more productive writer, and make me a richer writer. I pointed out that Chaucer was a pretty good writer even though he used a quill, and Dickens managed to produce 15 novels and numerous collections of short stories without so much as a typewriter. But I have to admit that option C got to me, even if I couldn’t figure out how spending $3,000on a piece of molded plastic was going tomake me wealthier.3 To date, my association with the computer has not been too successful. It has proven tobe very sensitive to everything but my needs. At the last breakdown (its, not mine)the service man commented that it should have been called an Edsel,1 not an Epson,2 and suggested an exorcist be consulted.Needless to say, I am not yet in a position to open a numbered Swiss bank account.4 But they say hardship teaches you who your friends are. And so, my computer experience has forced me to spend a lot more time with an old friend, the pencil.Its directness and simplicity have proven to be refreshing. In fact, the more I wrestled with my microchips (whatever they are),the more convinced I became that the pencil is superior to the computer. Allow me to cite a few examples.5 To start with the purchase decision, you don’t have to ask for a bank loan to buy a pencil. Since most pencils are not manufactured in Japan, you don’t feel you’re upsetting the nation’s balance of trade by buying one.6 In fact, pencils are constructed in part from that most Canadian of natural resources— wood. By buying pencils you create employment and prosperity for dozens of people in British Columbia. Well, a few anyway.

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