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The or of English is not equivalent to the or of formal logic. In many cases, English or actually means the exclusive or of logic. For instance, if you say: Turn left or right at the intersection. it's exclusive, because it's not possible to do both. Or you might ask: Are you having a boy or a girl? (Although a logician having fraternal twins ...


The paragraph makes sense. Some minor corrections, it would be better to say: "It would be too cold-blooded ..." "... go through her childhood" "Juliet encountered ordeals" (active) instead of "Ordeals were encountered by Juliet" (passive) "...if she had to live..." " ... who was irresponsible, was and preoccupied ... "What Juliet’s anguish occurred in ...


Never does not have to be absolute. For example, when you say, I will never drink again. You don't mean that "there is no such point in time (past, present, or future)". This never refers only to the future. When you say I have never travelled by train This never refers only to the past. In your example, indeed there will be no time within the ...


The actual term is Irish Bull. (Credit to Centaurus based on our discussion and choster for the related and detailed answer). In the question, it is mentioned that it may not be recognized as such by the person who utters it. An irish bull can have oxymoronic, self-contradictory or paradoxical elements in it but it is actually an absurd statement, so it ...


I would call this a contrafactual statement, because if the protagonist exists, then the statement is wrong due to evidence of his own existence, if the protagonist doesn't exist, he couldn't have said it.


The term is epigram. It's a short, usually witty, satirical, or humorous statement often with a contradictory or paradoxical twist.


Prefer to call it plain old sarcasm, which a lot of people don't get. Call it what you will, but isn't it wonderful some can twist words like this? Clever, in my opinion, and witty. "Never take life seriously, no one gets out alive." You just have to smile, take it for what it is.


A literal oxymoron - is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory in some cases exposing a paradox. Childlessness - not having children Hereditary - features passed on through act of childbirth


Though I am pessimistic that this is what you are looking for (as it is quite straightforward), I think that it fits the specifications: self-contradictory


One term possibly applied to such statements is a "paradox". Apparently, it comes from the greek word 'paradoxon', meaning contrary to expectations (http://literarydevices.net/paradox/). Some examples that come to mind are: You should read a book on how to treat your illiteracy. There is no worse feeling than apathy.


Such quips have always been popular; recall Mark Twain on the important role of the historian as storyteller, because Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. Groucho Marx opens his first autobiography admitting that I was born at a very early age. and remarks in a letter that I don’t care to belong to ...

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