Irony - a warning

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Irony - which is using words in a different sense from their literal meaning - should be avoided in academic writing. You never know when someone with no sense of humour will read what you have written, and think you meant what you said.

Don't be ironic. (It is probably a mistake to make any attempt at humour in academic writing - unless you are very sure of yourself. And of your audience. In which case, you probably don't want (?need) any Advice from AWE.)