Detective Columbo (Peter Falk): SOCRATIC IRONY is employed when someone says something that conveys a message that contradicts the literal words. Someone attempting to use Socratic irony might sound like the old television detective Columbo who always disparaged his own talents to make the suspect think he was an idiot.
2011-'Columbo' actor Peter Falk died June 23. Falk won four Emmys for his portrayal of the detective sporting his signature overcoat. He also received two Academy Award nominations during his long acting career. Falk was 83.