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Long long ago, there was a man from Chu selling a 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike) and a 盾 dùn (shield). He boasts of his 盾 dùn (shield) that it is the hardest one in this world and that it can't be broken by any sharp things! He then also boasts that his 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike) is the sharpest thing in this world and that it can impale anything hard.
Then a passerby asks him what will happen if someone uses his 矛 to impale his 盾. The seller can't say a word!
矛盾 máo dùn：contradiction/contradictory/conflicting/to conflict/to contradict/to be at variance
nǐ zǎo shang shuō zuó wǎn qù péng yǒu jiā le, xiàn zài shuō zuó wǎn yī zhí zài jiā, nǐ zhè bú shì zì xiāng máo dùn ma? nǐ dào dǐ gàn shén me qù le?
You told me this morning that you were at your friend's home last night, and now you tell me you were at home last night, don't you think you are contradictory? What on earth did you do last night?
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