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.

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  • 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 '17 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. – Symone Atherton Feb 17 '17 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 '17 at 14:03

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 '17 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. – Ronald Sole Feb 17 '17 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 '17 at 1:58

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