Date: Wed, 18 Sep 1996 08:09:47 -0400
From: David Muschell dmuschel[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: A new oxymoron?
Albert E. Krahn wrote:
Is "uninformed question" an oxymoron?
I suppose so. Touche'.
By the way,did y'all know that "oxymoron" came from the words "Oxford" and
"moron", because it
was a contradiction in terms to call someone who graduated from such a
prestigious school a
dumby. (The "y" in the middle is the Spanish word for "and".) I know it's
true, because that's
what the guys who hung around Buddy's Pool hall when I was growing up used to
Danny "Bubba" Long
The boys at Buddy's were bumfuzzled. The word comes from the Greek and
referred to "a clever remark, more pointedly witty for seeming absurd or
foolish" (American Heritage Dictionary), from roots meaning "sharp and
dull, pointed and foolish" (Oxford Companion to the English Language). The
billiards brothers were involved in a kind of folk etymology dealing with
class or intellect ridicule. Sorry, but sometimes you have to be cruel to
Dept. of English, Speech, and Journalism
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061
dmuschel[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu