We all know what a paradox is: two physicians. Thank you! I’ll be here all week! Don’t forget to tip your servers!
Seriously, a paradox is a statement or set of statements that result in the complete opposite being true. An example would be “this statement is false.” In other words, if the statement is true, then it’s false, and vice versa. Or to put it another way,
Statement 1: The next sentence is true.
Statement 2: The previous statement is false.
This puts us in a vicious circle.
And there’s the ever-popular
“Can’t” is not a word in my vocabulary.
Well, if it’s not in your vocabulary, why did you use it?
The Irish comedian Hal Roach once claimed that, when he and a bunch of his friends were standing around somewhere, a police officer came up and said “If you’re gonna stand here, you’ll be be moving along.”
Wikipedia, which as everyone knows is The Blogger’s Best Friend™, has a whole list of paradoxes. You can see that this is one of those discussions that could go on for a while.