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Time for a poll! 
15th-Feb-2011 01:41 pm
Arcadia
Poll #1681902 Oxymorons

My favorite oxymoron is

Military intelligence
2(20.0%)
Microsoft Works
6(60.0%)
Instant Coffee
1(10.0%)
Not here so I'll leave a comment.
1(10.0%)
Comments 
15th-Feb-2011 04:03 am (UTC)
Australian Rules.

Military Intelligence would be a close second, though.
15th-Feb-2011 10:44 am (UTC)
I'll bite - I'm not seeing Australian Rules as an oxymoron.

As a silly ball game, yes, but then so are most of them. :)
15th-Feb-2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Most outside observers assume the word "rules" in the phrase is only used ironically.

It may be that the game has rules, but I have never known what they were.
15th-Feb-2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
OK, I'll pay that. :)
15th-Feb-2011 04:31 am (UTC)
you forgot Civil Engineer
15th-Feb-2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Really?

I know that Civil Engineering students can be somewhat... uncivilised at university (judging by the drinking habits observed lo these many years ago), but I've never really encountered enough after that to make a judgement.

Edited at 2011-02-15 10:47 (UTC)
15th-Feb-2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
...and I know some smart military people with PhDs. You mean these jokes aren't always literally true?
15th-Feb-2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Fair point.

I guess what I was trying to get at, and failing completely, is that I've never thought of "Civil Engineer" AS an oxymoron.
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