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Why would the statement "I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s terrible" be considered a contradicting connotation?
It is contradicting because no one ever wants to be considered a liar.
It is contradicting because the first portion of the quote is a positive outlook on a behavioral quality; the second half of the quote is a negative outlook.
The two adjectives, terrific and terrible, begin with the same letter showing connotation.
Because the statement is parallel and balanced, there is no contradiction.
There is no contradiction in the statement because Holden is speaking about himself.