indescribable paradox

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If you say something is indescribable, haven't you just described it as indescribable?

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I agree. Which side of the would you take? ;)

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"Indescribable" implies that you cannot think of any words to describe it, or, if you can, that you think the description will not be adequate for expressing the magnitude of your experience. Therefore, any adjective used to say something is "indescribable" would be contradicting itself. When you encounter something that is impossible to relate to someone, it would technically be more proper to say "I can't describe it".

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not describable by other words, because if you just used an adjetive technically you DESCRIBED it, so......????

go look up 'indescribable' in the dictionary.

it says adjective: not able to be described.

look up adjective: a word that describes" :thumbsup:

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Indescribable refers to the situation of your ability to describe not to the object or experience you wish to describe.

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Indescribable refers to the situation of your ability to describe not to the object or experience you wish to describe.

Compare.

The girl is beautiful. Refers to the girl.

The girl is indescribably beautiful. Refers to the girl.

I don't have words to describe the girl's beauty. Refers to my ability to describe.

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"Indescribable" is not a quality or a proper adjective. You cannot describe something by saying it is "indescribable"  It is the following adjective which determines the nature of "indescribable" quality. E.g this cake is indescribably delicious means it is very delicious. Now try and comprehend the following sentence:

 

The cake is indescribable.

 

You cant comprehend whether the cake is good or bad in taste. The word "indescribable" itself doesn't give you any description and thats what makes this paradox a fail :)  

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"Indescribable" is defined as meaning "not able to be adequately described". If you say something is "indescribable", you did describe it, only the description was inadequate. The expression is, thus, not a paradox.

 

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"Indescribable" is not a quality or a proper adjective. You cannot describe something by saying it is "indescribable"  It is the following adjective which determines the nature of "indescribable" quality. E.g this cake is indescribably delicious means it is very delicious. Now try and comprehend the following sentence:

 

The cake is indescribable.

 

You cant comprehend whether the cake is good or bad in taste. The word "indescribable" itself doesn't give you any description and thats what makes this paradox a fail :)  

The adjective you used for proper, seems improper. A "proper adjective" is an adjective that is derived from a proper noun, such as the adjective Shakespearean comes from the proper noun Shakespeare. An adjective modifies a noun, or describes or assigns an attribute to the noun. "The cake is indescribable", in the example is assigning the attribute that the cake can not be adequately described.

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