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    Oxymorons

    Quote Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxymoron
    An oxymoron (plural oxymorons, or sometimes the Greek plural oxymora) (from Greek ὀξύμωρον, "sharp dull") is a figure of speech that combines normally contradictory terms. They appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as extremely average, deliberate puns like same difference, and literary oxymorons that have been crafted to reveal a paradox.
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    Re: Oxymorons

    Dear Rockzmom, I know you have good sence of humor and wouldn't be offended. Many Russians thinks that the best example of an oxymoron is "American democracy".
    Sorry, just couldn't hold myself.
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    Re: Oxymorons

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil77
    Dear Rockzmom, I know you have good sense of humor and [s:3v2dfw3j]wouldn't[/s:3v2dfw3j] shouldn't be offended. Many Russians think[s:3v2dfw3j]s[/s:3v2dfw3j] that the best example of an oxymoron is "American democracy".
    Ahh... I had not heard that one before! Very good!

    I have heard of "American culture" though.
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    Re: Oxymorons

    The best oxymoron I've ever heard came from this dialog:
    Q: Do you know what Microsoft Works is?
    A: An oxymoron
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    Re: Oxymorons

    Dilalog:
    - Is this currant black?
    - No, it's red.
    - Then why is it white?
    - Because it's green.

    BTW
    Does anyone happen to know why a mirror reverses right and left but not up and down?
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    Re: Oxymorons

    Quote Originally Posted by Selexin
    BTW
    Does anyone happen to know why a mirror reverses right and left but not up and down?
    It's difficult to tell why it does when it simply doesn't.
    I'm sorry if the question was supposed to be a joke, but I was listening to a podcast the other day, and it was a phone-in, and somebody called and asked this question, and an alleged scientist in the studio tried to honestly answer it, with no success.

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    Re: Oxymorons

    Quote Originally Posted by E-learner
    Quote Originally Posted by Selexin
    BTW
    Does anyone happen to know why a mirror reverses right and left but not up and down?
    It's difficult to tell why it does when it simply doesn't.
    I'm sorry if the question was supposed to be a joke, but I was listening to a podcast the other day, and it was a phone-in, and somebody called and asked this question, and an alleged scientist in the studio tried to honestly answer it, with no success.
    It's a joke indeed. Actually, a mirror DOESN'T reverse nothing: neither right&left nor up&down. The reason it's shows e.g. writings reversed is that a mirror shows an image from the viewer's point. So when you face a sheet of paper with a text in front of a mirror you see the text reversed exactly as if you could see it THROUGH the paper.
    This oxymoron is very old source of scientist's jokes. The whole plot of Lewis Carroll's (who was a scientist himself) "Through the Looking-Glass" is based on it. Did you ever think that in a mirror we see an image of antimatter actuallly?
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    Re: Oxymorons

    Two more oxymorons:
    French military victories
    British cuisine
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    Re: Oxymorons

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    British cuisine
    Reminds me of old joke:
    HEAVEN: old British house, Chinese cuisine, Russian wife and American salary.
    HELL: old Chinese house, British cuisine, American wife and Russian salary.
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    Re: Oxymorons

    А ещё в России стало модным взять какой-нибудь оксюморон и сделать его слоганом для очередной правительственной кампании, например: доступное жильё, честный чиновник...
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