Concrete example: A web site's feedback form for site errors is broken; so I can't use the feedback form to report that the feedback form is broken.

Is this Irony or some other English word?

  • Drive-by downvoting. I love it. Sep 30, 2014 at 23:06

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Yes, that is ironic. It could also be paradoxical.

From thefreedictionary.com:

paradox n.

  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).

Adj. 1. paradoxical - seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true;

"it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking"

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