Tuesday, August 22, 2017


I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!!

English is a funny language.  For instance, we have many oxymorons.  An oxymoron is not a stupid bovine.  It is a phrase in which two or more words of contradictory meaning are used together, such as in the title of this post.  You probably say them all the time.  Here are some examples:

Clearly misunderstood
Exact estimate
Small crowd
Pretty ugly
Only choice
Act naturally
Found missing
Fully empty
Seriously funny
Original copies
Military intelligence
Government organization
Business ethics
Twelve-ounce pound cake
Congressional ethics
Airline Food
Absolutely, positively NOT!!

And the mothers of them all:
Happily married
President Trump

Yogi Berra was known for his many oxymorons, but I think these two were his best:

No one goes there anymore - it's always too crowded.

If my father was alive to hear that, he'd turn over in his grave.

And since the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, here's a quote from his son:

Our similarities are different. 

But I think Samuel Goldwyn of MGM movies out-Berrad Berra.  Here are some of his best:

If you fall and break your legs, don't come running to me.

Our comedies are not to be laughed at.

Color television!! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white.

Don't pay any attention to the critics; don't even ignore them.

Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn't go see it. 

When told a script was full of old clichés: Let's have some new clichés.

Tell them to stand closer apart.

I read part of it all the way through.

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.

Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.

The next time I send a damn fool for something, I’ll go myself.

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

Destroy the old files, but make copies first.

I paid too much for it, but it’s worth it.

I was always an independent, even when I had partners.

I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them at least five years.

When you write, there are two things to remember.  One is to be more or less specific & the 
other is don't be redundant by repeating yourself----fishducky