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Drive through liquor oxymoron

  1. Sep 14, 2005 #1


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    The other day, I was passing by another area of town, when I saw a sign that said: DRIVE-THROUGH LIQUOR. Now, I know that people aren't SUPPOSED to drink in their car, but I DO know that alot of them don't.

    doesn't 'drive through liquor' sound like an oxymoron
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  3. Sep 14, 2005 #2
    No it doesn't.
  4. Sep 14, 2005 #3


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    :frown: .............
  5. Sep 14, 2005 #4
    Drive through liquor literally sounds like driving through an alcoholic liquid. Drive through pharmacies don't mean you pop the pills right after getting them. Drive thru's(why do they write that on the signs?) are generally picking something up and eating it/drinking it later...
  6. Sep 14, 2005 #5
    oxymoron is when two incongruous or contradictory terms are combined. Deafening Silence, Mournful optimist, "what if bush was right?"
  7. Sep 14, 2005 #6


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    Oxymoron: Smart smurf
  8. Sep 15, 2005 #7
    This is not an oxymoron so much as it is sarcasm: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usu. directed against an individual

    Smurf's Bush remark was also sarcasm, and not an oxymoron.
  9. Sep 15, 2005 #8


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    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: uhm.... uhhh.... your the moron!!!
  10. Sep 15, 2005 #9
    original copy is an oxymoron
    like, i have an original copy of my paper

    that is a definite maybe
    is also an oxymoron

    a small crowd gathered

    half full

    virtual reality

    strangely familiar

    all alone

    clearly misunderstood

    constant variable

  11. Sep 15, 2005 #10
    you know that's getting annoying.
  12. Sep 15, 2005 #11
    Here are some:

    cruel kindness
    happy sadness
    confused lucidity
    outstanding mediocrity
    sharp bluntness
    attractive repellence
    energetic lethargy
    vague specificity
    weighty levity
    moist aridity
    unearthly worldliness
    wavey straightness
    intelligent stupidity
    promiscuous monogamy
    healthy toxicity
    full emptiness
    heavenly evil
    suave clumsiness
    dissatisfied contentment
    inconsistant sameness
  13. Sep 15, 2005 #12
    Hot water heater.
  14. Sep 15, 2005 #13
    Most of these I don't think are oxymorons...
    This one is. Something can not be a copy and the original at the same time.

    I don't see this as one. Something is definitely still up in the air. It's the wording that makes it seem oxymoronic.

    I'm quite sure crowds can come in differant sizes.

    This would sort of be a contraction of "Half way to being full"

    Something very close to but not reality.

    A sense of familiarity which seems oddly placed?

    This one I'm not sure about. It just seems like an unnecessary qualifier was added. You could be right though.

    This seems very much the same as the "definite maybe". I don't see a problem with the idea that something has clearly been misunderstood.

    Again like the above. Isn't it possible that something can be a known in some instances but variable in others? And then there can be something that is always an unknown or constantly variable?

    Sorry if I'm being nit picky but I often find that I have trouble communicating with people because they think certain things or terms to be mutually exclusive when they really aren't. So I sometimes take it upon myself to point what I see out to people. Maybe it can give you a differant perspective.
  15. Sep 15, 2005 #14


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    That's not an oxymoron.
  16. Sep 15, 2005 #15
    I think that's more of a non sequitor. It doesn't make much sense at face value.

    Since we're giving examples of oxymorons, my personal favorite is Jumbo Shrimp.
  17. Sep 15, 2005 #16
    A better response would've been "You're an oxymoron". God, I can't believe you missed that. Have I taught you nothing?
  18. Sep 15, 2005 #17
    If I "DRIVE THROUGH LIQUOR," my vehicle runs on alternative fuel.
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  20. Sep 15, 2005 #19
    I don't think any of them are.
    The first copy you make of something can be the original copy. If you are refering to the original as a copy, it's not an oxymoron, just a misnomer.
  21. Sep 15, 2005 #20
    Ah... I wasn't thinking. Copy doesn't necessarily mean a duplicate.

    How about "Alone in a crowd"?
  22. Sep 15, 2005 #21
    No, I think "original copy" is a perfect example of an oxymoron.

    "Original" and "copy" are contradictory.
  23. Sep 15, 2005 #22


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    I think you could say that its a copy of the original and kinda get by without saying its an oxymoron.
  24. Sep 15, 2005 #23
    Copy doesn't necessarily refer to a duplicate. Copy sometimes refers to textual material that is to be copied/duplicated/printed in which case "original copy" makes perfect sense.
  25. Sep 15, 2005 #24
    Maybe not necessarily, but it often does. That's all that's necessary for it to be an oxymoron. It doesn't have to be some sort of logical contradiction. I think you're confusing "oxymoron" with "paradox."

    "original copy" is an oxymoron even though it makes perfect sense. Same with "jumbo shrimp" or "civil war" or any other oxymoron.
  26. Sep 15, 2005 #25


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    Well I think the only reason jumbo shrimp is an oxymoron is because we relate "shrimp" to small things. And civil war doesn't fit because your ignoring a definition that makes it logically correct. I think oxymoron is when theres two completely illogical words back to back like that deafening silence example.
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