By Mardy Grothe
ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun, plural: Any number of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that at the floor look fake or illogical, yet at a deeper point are actual, frequently profoundly actual. See additionally oxymoron, paradox.
"Melancholy is the excitement of being sad."
"To lead the folks, stroll in the back of them."
"You'd be shocked how a lot it coststo glance this cheap."
You will not locate the notice "oxymoronica" in any dictionary (at least no longer but) simply because Dr. Mardy Grothe introduces it to readers during this pleasant choice of 1,400 of the main provocative quotations of all time. From old thinkers like Confucius, Aristotle, and Saint Augustine to nice writers like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and G. B. Shaw to trendy social observers like Woody Allen and Lily Tomlin, Oxymoronica celebrates the facility and wonder of paradoxical pondering. All components of human job are explored, together with love, intercourse and romance, politics, the humanities, the literary lifestyles, and, after all, marriage and family members lifestyles. The clever and witty observations during this publication are as hugely unique as they're intellectually nourishing and are absolute to seize the eye of language fans everywhere.
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter have been married on October 24 within the church. So ends a friendship that begun of their institution days. for a few years, inadvertent oxymoronic observations have frequently passed by the identify “bulls” (or “Irish Bulls”). The Oxford English Dictionary defines bull this manner: A self-contradictory proposition; in sleek use, an expression containing a show up contradiction in phrases or concerning a daft inconsistency unperceived by way of the speaker. Now usually (used) with the epithet Irish; however the observe were lengthy in use sooner than it got here to be linked to Irishmen. because the definition makes transparent, there’s not anything quite Irish approximately bulls. yet someday within the far-off earlier, English snobs appropriated the time period to specific their disdain for the Irish. regrettably, it caught. Ever seeing that, the expression has been used to inform a hugely particular kind of ethnic joke—one within which Irish everyone is ignorant of the illogical or ridiculous nature in their comments. A vintage is the single concerning the Irish under the influence of alcohol in a Dublin courtroom who says in his security: Yur hahnner, i used to be sober sufficient to grasp i used to be dhroonk. truthfully, there has been a true Irish flesh presser who was once recognized for these kind of comments, a indisputable fact that most likely helped popularize the concept that of an Irish Bull. Sir Boyle Roche was once some of the most colourful politicians of the eighteenth century, for a few years serving as an Irish member of the British Parliament. lengthy sooner than the realm ever heard of Samuel Goldwyn or Yogi Berra, humans in Roche’s time have been occupied with his misadventures with the English language. in the course of a heated parliamentary debate, he as soon as answered: I solution within the affirmative with an emphatic “No. ” And he had humans scratching their heads whilst he stated in a political speech: part the lies our competitors inform approximately us aren't actual. as a result frequency and elegance of his verbal mistakes, Roche turned a legend in his personal time. consequently, various cockamamie sayings have been attributed to him, even supposing his rivals unquestionably created a few of them. Here’s a sampler of Roche’s verbal misadventures: chuffed are the fogeys that experience no youngsters. whereas I write this letter, i've got a pistol in a single hand and a sword within the different. little kids who may neither stroll nor speak have been working approximately within the streets cursing their Maker. The cup of our hassle is operating over, yet, sadly, isn't really but complete. In twentieth-century the United States, Samuel Goldwyn grew to become recognized for his verbal gaffes. Born in Poland in 1879, the orphaned Goldwyn immigrated to England at age twelve, and 3 years later to the U.S.. He spoke Yiddish and varnish till relocating to England, whilst he all started his lifelong fight with the intricacies—and in particular the idioms—of the English language. The manufacturer of such vintage movies because the most sensible Years of Our Lives and Wuthering Heights, he’s now greater identified for his fractured English. whereas lots of his comments needed to do with the blending of metaphors (“Keep a stiff higher chin” or “Take the bull via the teeth”), many have been splendidly oxymoronic: Our comedies usually are not to be laughed at.
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