Anachronisms & Oxymorons

Sorry about the misplaced text and pic this AM.  It Happens. RB


Lincoln with Boom Box

An anachronism  is an inconsistency in some chronology.  The anachronism may involve misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs. Items may be an object, verbal expression, a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material, or a custom so closely associated with a particular period in time that it would be incorrect to place it outside its proper domain.

Examples include:

Lincoln with Boom Box

       In 1580, a round-trip from Gulf of Mexico to Spain in 3 weeks.

       References to Freud’s Id, Ego, Superego before 1920

       Decorated Christmas trees before 1550

       Clocks that “struck the hours” in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

       Medieval painters painting Jesus/Mary in 12th century costume

       Almost anything on “The Flintstones”  

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which incongruous or contradictory terms appear side by side. Examples include:

        A little pregnant                     Almost totally

        Authentic reproduction          Awfully good

        Co-ed fraternity                      Definite maybe

        Exact estimate                        False Fact

        Future History                        Genuine Fake

        Important trivia                      More Perfect

        Only choice                              Paid volunteer

        Real phony                               Silent scream

        Turkey Ham    

Can you find the anachronism?


Tomorrow:  Toxic Rhymes        Rita Bay


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4 responses to “Anachronisms & Oxymorons

  1. Love the ‘exact estimate’. Government speak?

  2. Steve

    Don’t forget “Military Intelligence” as an oxymoron.

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