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Old 06-15-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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Default What's the difference between irony, conundrum and paradox?

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)?

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Old 06-15-2005, 01:43 PM   #2
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Irony: Made of iron
Conundrum: Drum of Conun the Barbarian
Pardox: Something Conun wears
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:43 PM   #3
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Irony: Made of iron
Conundrum: Drum of Conun the Barbarian
Pardox: Something Conun wears
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:59 PM   #4
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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.


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Old 06-15-2005, 02:01 PM   #6
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Default What's the difference between irony, conundrum and paradox?

conundrum and paradox may be use interchangeably (edit: in some cases)... but irony is completely different.
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i could see how you could mix up irony and paradox, but how the f does conundrum come into this?
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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!
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Irony: Made of iron
Conundrum: Drum of Conun the Barbarian
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:44 PM   #10
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a paradox is very similar to a conundrum but with more irony.
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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...

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The evolution of idiosyncratic and colloquial linguistics creates word play or conundrums,.... which can also create a perception between word play and events which one might label 'ironic'.
*conundrum word play eg-* Because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes. (Puzzle maven Sam Loyd, 1914)
irony eg-A man who is a traffic cop gets his license suspended for unpaid parking tickets. note the link between what the cop says and does and the reality of the consequences.
Paradox is all reality, beyond a word thing , eg, water breaks the law of physics by expanding when frozen, and without this quality, no life would exist on this planet. Scientists have an observed explanation for molecular folding at 32 degrees F... or a tree view, but miss the forest view, which is 'funny ironic',... paradoxical as well.... and leaves many of them in a befuddling conundrum as they deny that it breaks any laws of physics---even as I put floating ice cubes in my drink! Now that is IRONIC!

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