irony

Second: The collective, un-bylined authors of The Economist. I read pretty much every word every week. Its deft irony treats the elite and the lowly with equal cheekiness. Its undefined neologisms are a hoot. Some years back it ran a piece in praise of short words, entirely in words of one syllable. The guiding principle of its style — simplify, then exaggerate — suits writers of polemics, operas and much else.

-H. W. Brands: By the Book The New York Times

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