Date: Wed, 18 Sep 1996 11:51:45 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: A new oxymoron?
As I see it, "uninformed question" is not and oxymoron if we accept the
definition of such as "contradictory or incongruous word combinations.
Not all questions are uninformed; indeed, the best questions probably
emerge from a good sense of the problem considered. Questions may serve
several functions in conversations (e.g. some may be rhetorical). And in
a court of law, there is an adage: "never ask a a witness any question to
which you don't already know the answer." Thus, not all questions come
from a condition where one is uninformed.
you seem to be denying not that "uninformed question" is an oxymoron,
but instead that it's redundant, which as your argument points out,
it's not. the question of whether it's oxymoronic would require us
to debate whether it's true or not that no questions are uninformed
(rather than all questions are uninformed).