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From the data analyzed, it appears that irony is a culturally pragmatic tool that the boys use to delicately attend to the edge of disputability that may be heard in talk that is about potentially self-incriminating topics, such as their interest in "girls," "sex," or "physical attraction.
Hypothetical fields of Physics fill other cells of the Table with question marks in parentheses pointing to the disputability of these fields and terms.
To keep from being "tiresome and pedantic," Givens does not keep repeating the obvious disputability of it all.