SAN FRANSISCO -  The Times spoke to Jay Fullmer, 38, who became the first American to get to grips with the concept of irony yesterday.


  "It was weird," Fullmer said, "I was in London and, like, talking to

  this guy and it was raining and shit and he said, like, great weather,

  or something like that."


  Said Fullmer: "And I thought - wait a minute, it's like, no way is it

  great weather."


Fullmer soon realised that the other man's 'mistake' was deliberate.


  "This guy was pretty cool about it," Fullmer said.


Fullmer, who is 39 next month and married with two children, aged 8 and 3, planned to use irony himself in future. "I'm like saying it all the time." he said.

"Weekend last I was like  grilling steaks and I like burned them to shit and I said, 'great weather'."