N'oge ụlọ akwụkwọ sekọndrị (ma ugbu a), abụ m onye klas na-eme ihe ọchị.
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.
N'otu oge mgbe Maazị Morgan jụrụ, n'okwu olu Yale-ish na-ewu ewu, ụdị ụdị edemede Shakespeare ji mee ihe na Hamlet, eji m ụjọ welie aka m.
Maazị Morgan na-asụ ude, “Ee, Maazị Karr?”
“Oxymorons”, ka m zara.
“Oxymorons?” Maazị Morgan, “Ma ị maara ọbụna ihe oxymoron bụ, Maazị 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 Development - Ndị mmepe ahụ na-akpa ọchị. Nhapụ ahapụbeghị.
- Ngwa ihe mmemme - dị ka a ga - asị na mmemme ngwa ahụ n'onwe ya.
- Amamịghe echiche – it's not artificial, it's real.
- Ndị ọzọ nwere ike - naanị ihe ọzọ maka ike bụ ihe gbara ọchịchịrị.
- Enyi na enyi na enyi URL – what's a mean URL?
- Redio Redio – if it's on the Internet, it's not radio
- $ 100 laptọọpụ - ike? Nweta ịntanetị?
- net Nnọpụiche - onye obula nuru ya Akamai or S3?
- Ntuziaka Onye ọrụ – it's still for the computer, not me.
- Njikwa Ngini Nchọnchọ – it's not marketing (sorry), it's placement.
- Njikọ Enweghị Ndozi – if it's integrated, it means there is a seam somewhere.
What's your favorite oxymoron?