I would like to know if my phrase "innocently obnoxious" infers what I really want it to. From the following sentence what meaning do you derive from 'innocently obnoxious'?

James was in the front seat, Kyle in the back, asking the innocently obnoxious questions only kids can get away with.

  • How should we know whether it infers what you want it to. You don't tell us what you want it to infer! Unclear question.
    – Drew
    Feb 17, 2017 at 1:56
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    I wanted to know what a reader would take from it, without my direct influence. me telling you would defeat the purpose. Feb 17, 2017 at 3:02
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    We are not here to read and interpret sentences for you, sorry. These kinda of questions only benefit the OP and not the community/site.
    – Hank
    Feb 17, 2017 at 14:03

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I perceive that "Kyle" is asking irritating questions without realizing. However, obnoxious tends to have the connotation of being deliberate, so the sentence could be interpreted as a bit of an oxymoron.

  • Agreed. "Kyle was asking obnoxious questions with child-like naïvety". The questions are obnoxious but the person asking the questions is not aware of their obnoxious nature, innocently obnoxious doesn't really make sense.
    – Nathan
    Feb 16, 2017 at 23:44
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    Note that your phrase might imply something, not infer it. Somebody reading or hearing it might infer (i.e. conclude or deduce) what was implied. Feb 17, 2017 at 1:02
  • "I perceive" and "could be interpreted" tell us nothing about whether the sentence means what the OP intends. That intention is not even stated!
    – Drew
    Feb 17, 2017 at 1:58

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