in a poistion; holy crapsticks

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 17 19:09:16 UTC 2007

On Dec 17, 2007 11:19 AM, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:

> My favorite oldies of the "bad"-deletion sort are "temperature" (as in "He
> running a temperature") and "temper" (as in "She's really got a
> temper")--both of which oxymoronically imply the very opposite of

Which leads directly, though heading off topic, to my candidate for
Oxymoron of the Twentieth Century: "temperance" used in the sense of 'total
abstinence (from liquor)'. I'm all for temperance -- the Golden Mean -- and
I'll drink to it!

m a m

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