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comment Shake 'em on down
Wow, now that's an answer! Wonderful. Thank you :-)
Apr
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Apr
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comment When to use “nude” and when “naked”
@emory But "naked" in your examples clearly signifies a deviation from the normal. You are naked under the shower or for a phyisical, but not elsewhere. A nudist on the other hand is naked everywhere. And he is not called a "nakedist" for just that difference in meaning.
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comment What do you call an unexpected combination of words?
@Josh61 Readers of fantasy fiction – while they know that no "stone of tears" or "other wind" exist in their own reality, and before they read those books and understand what those terms apply to in their respective fictional universes –, most certainly do not perceive these titles to be nonsensical, but expect them to be meaningful. So quite obviously, some other principle must be at work here.
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Dec
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comment What do you call an unexpected combination of words?
@EdwinAshworth It is also not nonsence, just non-existent. A "spaceport" did not exist a hundred years ago, yet that term is neither an oxymoron nor nonsense.
Dec
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comment What do you call an unexpected combination of words?
@EdwinAshworth All examples for oxymorons contain opposites of some sort. Silence is not loud and therefore cannot be deafening. An optimist sees the positive of everything, so does not mourn, because you only mourn what appears negative. Where is the contradiction in "other wind"? If there is one wind, there can be another wind. There is no semantic incongruity here. Please provide an example for an oxymoron that is similar in nature to those given in my question.
Dec
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comment What do you call an unexpected combination of words?
@EdwinAshworth An oxymoron is the combination of contradictory terms, e.g. the living dead. Stone and tears do not contradict or exclude each other.
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comment Name for fine hair on human skin
@Mari-LouA Thank you. I edited my question.
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Dec
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accepted “Not” or “not” in book title?