Great Expectations

Why does Mrs. Joe call her stick "Tickler"? What does this irony reveal about her?

In the Book Great Expectations, In chapter one

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She uses the stick to beat Pip and his brother. Tickler is obviously ironic because it does anything but tickle, it is more a clever euphemism.

Because it "tickles" them when she hits them with it. It's ironic because it doesn't tickle, it hurts.