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    #1

    Totally not what you think

    Suppose it's obvious what it is, but I name it suspiciously inconspicuous. A direct lie everyone knows about.

    I'll give you two examples.

    In the movie It 2, the psychopathic clown antagonist has a room filled with horrors behind a door that has "Not scary at all" on it.

    I create a fake account that I choose the name "DefinitelyNotGlizdka" for.

    What is this called? Do you know what term I'm looking for?

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    #2

    Re: Totally not what you think

    Paradox?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Totally not what you think

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Paradox?
    I don't think it's a paradox.

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    #4

    Re: Totally not what you think

    I don't think we have a word for it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: Totally not what you think

    double bluff?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Totally not what you think

    It's a kind of irony.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony

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    #7

    Re: Totally not what you think

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Do you happen to know what flavor of irony?

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    #8

    Re: Totally not what you think

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    Do you happen to know what flavor of irony?
    Verbal.

    The words say the opposite of what they literally mean.

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    #9

    Re: Totally not what you think

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It's a kind of irony.
    Ironically, you will frequently hear "ironically" used to refer to things that are not in fact ironic. I have a dear friend who constantly uses it when she means "surprisingly".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: Totally not what you think

    I think an irony is not deliberately created These are. Deliberate mislabelling?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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