What's the difference between a paradox and an oxymoron?

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  1. Captain Awesome macrumors regular

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    A friend and I are trying to debate weather the line "y r u acting leik a retard" is an oxymoron or a paradox. What are the differences between the two?
     
  2. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    An oxymoron is a set of contradicting words such as "jumbo shrimp."

    A paradox is something that can appear false, but does contain some truth. "The second sentence is false. The first sentence is true."

    To me, it just seems ironic more than anything else. Then again, someone else more qualified than I can probably chime in as I'm not a language expert.
     
  3. conch575 macrumors 6502

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    That blew my mind :eek:
     
  4. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

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    Me too, me too...
     
  5. Captain Awesome thread starter macrumors regular

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    Suppose you build a time machine, go back in time to find your grandmother when she was three years old, and then drown her in the bathtub.

    So she never grows up, and never has any kids.

    Therefore, one of your parents was never born.

    Therefore, YOU were never born.

    Therefore, you never traveled back in time and killed your infant grandma.

    So she DID grow up and have kids.

    Therefore, your parent WAS born.

    Therefore, YOU were born.

    Therefore, you traveled back in time and killed your infant grandma.





    ;)
     
  6. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

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    Whoa... its like a big circle.
     
  7. mcnicks macrumors regular

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    It's a simile.
     
  8. Chris14 macrumors regular

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    I'd agree with akonradi in saying that its more irony than anything else...
    In using such poor English ("y r u acting leik a retard") they are really just proving themselves to be "a retard" because of their lack of, shall we say, articulation... :rolleyes:
     
  9. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    That, I believe, would be what's called a predestination paradox.

    A good example of this is the original Terminator film. As you'll probably know, the machines send their Terminator back in time to kill John Connor (by bumping off his mum before he's born) and thus prevent him organising the resistance. However, to counter this Connor sends back a chum to protect his ma, who ends up getting her pregnant and thus becomes John's father.

    So, had the machines not sent back the Terminator to kill Connor, Connor wouldn't have sent his mate back in time and therefore he would never have been born. It's complicated even more in the second film when it emerges that Skynet's technology is based on the wreckage of the original Terminator it itself sent back in time.

    So, had the machines not sent the Terminator back in time neither they or John Connor would actually have existed in the first place to have sent their agents back in time. Or something.

    I hope this clears this matter up for you.
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    lol.

    Can you imagine a world without hypothetical situations??????
     
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    In terms of time travel and paradoxes, it was all explained very elegantly by the Doctor...

    ...whereas an oxymoron, as others have stated, is a term which contains apparently contradictory things. For example, 'police intelligence' or 'royal family'.
     
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    This is why I never enjoy time travel movies that go into the past. They never work.
     
  15. Captain Awesome thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm afraid I don't get it.
     
  16. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    say it out loud slower than usual

    it will come to you :p
     
  17. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    pair of ducks.
     
  18. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    There's a joke in there somewhere. :)



    name this oxymoron.
    [​IMG]
     
  19. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Huh?

    A Simile compares two unlike things using "Like" or "As".

    There is no comparison in that at all. There is a "like" in there, but it's not being used to compare two things.
     
  20. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    is NEITHER an oxymoron or a paradox.
    It is just a MORONIC statement with poor spelling.
    It is, however, ironic.
     
  21. magamo macrumors 6502

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    This is the cutest paradox I've ever come across.
     
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    Oxymoron - two contradictory terms used to describe something simultaneously. "Jumbo shrimp" is probably one of the best examples.

    Paradox - two circumstances which seem to exist simultaneously, but also seem to contradict each other.

    "y r u acting leik a retard" = pot calling the kettle black.
     
  23. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    The best oxymoron ever:

    Microsoft Works

    P-Worm
     

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