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paradox (PAR-uh-doks) noun
1. A statement that appears contradictory or absurd yet in fact may be true.
2. A self-contradictory statement that appears true or is derived from true statements.
3. A statement that contradicts commonly accepted opinion.
[From Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from paradoxos (contrary to opinion), from para- (beyond) + doxa (opinion), from dokein (to think).]
"Assuming that the engineering problems could be overcome, the production
of a time machine could open up a Pandora's box of causal paradoxes.
Consider, for example, the time traveler who visits the past and murders
his mother when she was a young girl. How do we make sense of this? If
the girl dies, she cannot become the time traveler's mother. But if
the time traveler was never born, he could not go back and murder his
"Latest figures from the Property Council highlight the paradox faced by
commercial property investors, with most sectors offering good returns
while suffering declining capital values."
Frederic (who was born on Feb 29):
This week's theme: words about words.
What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse. -Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)