Word of the Day：May 21, 2022
noun /PAIR-uh-dahks/ [?per??dɑks]
What It Means
Paradox refers to a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true. It can also refer to something or someone having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases.
Paradox 表示看似矛盾或与事实相反但可能是真实的描述。 它也表示看似具有矛盾的本质的事物或人。
PARADOX in Context
"Demand for semiconductors has never been higher…. Yet chip stocks are one of the worst-performing sectors in the U.S. market this year. That paradox reflects the cliff that investors see looming for the economy and the stock market……" — Subrat Patnaik and Jeran Wittenstein, Bloomberg, 12 Apr. 2022
The statement "less is more" is a common paradox.
It is a paradox that computers need time-consuming updates so often since they are meant to save people time.
Did You Know?
The ancient Greeks were well aware that a paradox can take us outside our usual way of thinking. They combined the prefix para- ("beyond" or "outside of") with the verb dokein ("to think"), forming paradoxos, an adjective meaning "contrary to expectation." Latin speakers used that word as the basis for a noun paradoxum, which English speakers borrowed during the 1500s to create paradox.
古希腊人很清楚paradox是可以使我们脱离通常性的思维方式。 他们将前缀 para- （“beyond「超越」”或“outside of「超出」”）与动词 dokein （“to think「思考」”）结合形成了 paradoxos，形容词，意思是“contrary to expectation「与预期相反」”。 Latin speakers使用这个词作为名词 paradoxum，English speakers在 1500 年借用这个词得到了 paradox。
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