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自相矛盾【zì xiāng máo dùn】

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Once upon a time, a man was selling weapons on the street. He took a spear and said, “This spear is the sharpest, and it can break any shield!” Then he took a shield and said, “This shield is the firmest, and none a spear in the world can break it!” Someone asked, “What if you use the spear to hit the shield?” The man was speechless.

[Annotation] 矛: Spear. 盾: Shield.

[Definition] Of something that is self-contradictory.



* If you are interested in Chinese folk tales or ghost stories, have a look at: https://chinesestoriesfolktales.quora.com

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