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Biggs
06-15-2005, 01:41 PM
Their "dictionary meanings" are a bit too similar to get a clear view of their definition. In other words, they can be easily interchanged (or not)?

her209
06-15-2005, 01:43 PM
Irony: Made of iron
Conundrum: Drum of Conun the Barbarian
Pardox: Something Conun wears

maziwanka
06-15-2005, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by: her209
Irony: Made of iron
Conundrum: Drum of Conun the Barbarian
Pardox: Something Conun wears

boo yah

MmmSkyscraper
06-15-2005, 01:59 PM
You seriously need a better dictionary.

Irony:

1. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
2. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
3. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect.

Conundrum:

1. A riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun.
2. A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma: ?the conundrum, thus far unanswered, of achieving full employment without inflation? (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

Paradox:

1. A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true: the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.
2. One exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects: ?The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears? (Mary Shelley).
3. An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
4. A statement contrary to received opinion.

Juice Box
06-15-2005, 02:00 PM
Originally posted by: her209
Irony: Made of iron
Conundrum: Drum of Conun the Barbarian
Pardox: Something Conun wears

wow.....

akubi
06-15-2005, 02:01 PM
conundrum and paradox may be use interchangeably (edit: in some cases)... but irony is completely different.

Kev
06-15-2005, 02:28 PM
i could see how you could mix up irony and paradox, but how the f does conundrum come into this?

Juice Box
06-15-2005, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by: Kev
i could see how you could mix up irony and paradox, but how the f does conundrum come into this?

thats quite the conundrum if I do say so myself!

Phoenix86
06-15-2005, 02:39 PM
Originally posted by: her209
Irony: Made of iron
Conundrum: Drum of Conun the Barbarian
Pardox: Something Conun wears

:beer::)

mordantmonkey
06-15-2005, 02:44 PM
a paradox is very similar to a conundrum but with more irony.

Zontor
06-15-2005, 03:16 PM
Irony - that this thread isn't locked...and you're asking a forum for an answer...
Conundrum - The decision of whether or not to post....
Paradox - When someone in the forums writes that they have a "true" story...

:-)