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Confusing Phraseology

March 24, 2013
By J. Paul Lombardo (family@post-journal.com) , The Post-Journal

Ever wonder why, in baseball, it's called a foul pole even though it's in fair territory, and if a player hits it with a batted ball it's a home run? Do you sometimes wonder how something can be pretty ugly, or how someone can do something accidentally on purpose, or how something/someone can be awfully good? Ever get confused when someone says "same difference?" These oxymoron phrases are used often in discussions and conversations; we've become accustomed to hearing them and knowing what the person using them usually means by them. There are others used today that I don't really think come close to the meaning of their words, which allow them to fit the qualifications of being a true oxymoron, and that's the topic of today.

 
 
 

 

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