Tidens de middelbere skoalle (en no) wie ik de klasse clown.
I had quite a theatrical English teacher one year – his name was Mr. Morgan. Most of my time with Mr. Morgan was spent outside the classroom because I couldn't appreciate Shakespeare. It drove Mr. Morgan crazy.
By ien kear doe't de hear Morgan yn syn swakke Yale-achtige aksint frege hokker soarten literêre techniken Shakespeare yn Hamlet brûkte, stiek ik myn hân mei eangst op.
De hear Morgan suchte, "Ja, mynhear Karr?"
"Oxymorons", antwurde ik.
"Oxymorons?" ferdronken de hear Morgan, "Witte jo sels wat in oxymoron is, mynhear Karr?"
“Sure!” I said, “It's the juxtaposition of antithetical terms in an expression, Mr. Morgan.”
Though I was correct, Mr. Morgan still couldn't grow to appreciate my sense of humor and he showed me the door. It did get quite a laugh from the class (after the initial gasp of hearing multi-syllable words coming from my mouth).
I've never forgotten the definition for an oxymoron… and I'm surprised at their excessive and, perhaps, growing usage when marketing technology today. If you want to sound like you have a really cool product or service, throw in an oxymoron into your marketing or technology presentation. It appears folks love it nowadays. In fact, quite a few of these are now in Geekipedia.
- Agile Untwikkeling - Dy ûntwikkelders binne grappich. De frijlitting is noch let.
- Interface foar programmearring fan tapassing - as soe de applikaasje sels programmearje.
- Artificial Intelligence – it's not artificial, it's real.
- Enerzjy-alternativen - it ienige alternatyf foar enerzjy is donkere matearje.
- Freonlike URL – what's a mean URL?
- Ynternetradio – if it's on the Internet, it's not radio
- $ 100 Laptop - enerzjy? Ynternet tagong?
- net neutraliteit - immen dy't ea fan heart Akamai or S3?
- brûker omjouwing – it's still for the computer, not me.
- Sykmasjine marketing – it's not marketing (sorry), it's placement.
- Naadleaze yntegraasje – if it's integrated, it means there is a seam somewhere.
What's your favorite oxymoron?