For example, I was reading a book on my Kindle last night when this happened:
Of course, counterproductive does not mean "not helpful" but rather "having the opposite of the desired effect" [SOED]. However, in giving this definition, they themselves are being counterproductive by misleading people.
In their attempt to define counterproductive, they both fail miserably and succeed amazingly.
So, this is some "Inception-level" irony:
1st level) Incorrect definition given by an app feature called “Word Wise”.
2nd level) The act of misdefining the term actually defines it quite well through example.
All I know is that my head is spinning and hope someone on this forum could help cure my dizziness.
Is there a word or phrase to describe this phenomenon?