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That may be an imperfectly remembered descendant of the following, ... are losing theirs, maybe you just don't understand the situation.

Nigel Rees, an authority on quotations, gives the Northern Ireland version as John did above: "Anyone who isn't confused here ... say it's not as bad as they say it is." Southern Irish woman on the situation in Ulster. Matti

So what form of statement would we call that last one? Obviously it's paradoxical, but is there a precise linguistic term?

Berko
"Ah well, they say it's not as bad as they say it is." Southern Irish woman on the situation in Ulster.

So what form of statement would we call that last one? Obviously it's paradoxical, but is there a precise linguistic term?

It's a Hibernipropism.
Matti
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So what form of statement would we call that last one? Obviously it's paradoxical, but is there a precise linguistic term?

It's a Hibernipropism.

Would that be Hiberniprop for our American friends? m.
And, for completeness, he follows it with: "Ah well, they ... is." Southern Irish woman on the situation in Ulster.

So what form of statement would we call that last one? Obviously it's paradoxical, but is there a precise linguistic term?

Bull, or Irish bull.
A statement containing an incongruity or a logical absurdity, usually unbeknown to the speaker. "With a pistol in each hand and a sword in the other" is an Irish bull.
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the
English Language, Fourth Edition
This definition would imply that it doesn't have to be said by an Irish person to be an Irish bull. Another web page has:
Here are some prize Irish bulls:
If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive. -Samuel Goldwyn, movie producer 1882-1974)
Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. Yogi Berra, baseball player (1925 )

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This definition would imply that it doesn't have to be said by an Irish person to be an Irish bull. ... producer 1882-1974) Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. Yogi Berra, baseball player (1925 )

If Thomas Jefferson was alive today, he'd be turning over in his grave.
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It's a Hibernipropism.

Would that be Hiberniprop for our American friends?

The latter, of course. I've flown one from Kennedy Airport on Aer Lingus.(1)
(1) Not really, but why let the truth spoil a very bad pun?

Bob Lieblich
Much louder than Hibernijets, they are
Bull, or Irish bull. A statement containing an incongruity or a logical absurdity, usually unbeknown to the speaker. "With a ... producer 1882-1974) Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. Yogi Berra, baseball player (1925 )

"I wouldn't be a member of any club who'd have me as a member" (Groucho Marx?)

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"I wouldn't be a member of any club who'd have me as a member" (Groucho Marx?)

That is not an absurdity, it is an accurate criticism of clubs. It is somewhat in the line of a notice posted on a student bulletin board at Pratt institute in the mid 1950's. "Let's all us guys who are loners and individualists get together to work out our problems."

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That is not an absurdity, it is an accurate criticism of clubs. It is somewhat in the line of a notice posted on a student bulletin board at Pratt institute in the mid 1950's.

Shouldn't it be "the Pratt Institute"? Straight question. Someone check the website.
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