ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun, plural: Any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are true, often profoundly true. See also oxymoron, paradox.
"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad."
"To lead the people, walk behind them."
"You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap."
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Author of Making the Alphabet Dance
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