When "irony" has more than one meaning.
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- It costs more, so it must be safer and healthier. (Well, not quite. Actually, bottled water is tapwater — as you can tell from the phrase “bottled from a municipal source” that appears on most bottles. And safety and health regulations for bottled water are in fact looser than those for most tapwater.)
- But it must be better; it costs more, and you get what you pay for. (Yes. In this case, you get tapwater, a plastic bottle and the tab for advertising the product so you’ll buy it in the first place.)
- Well, anyway, it has a pretty label, so carrying it sends a message to the world about your sophistication and your socioeconomic status. (True. And the message it sends is that you’re naive enough to spend $1.79 for twelve ounces of tapwater in a plastic bottle, and somewhat poorer than you’d be if you hadn’t.)
On the other hand, I admit that I’d probably prefer a bottle of Evian to the water from this pump. The latter looks entirely too iron-y.