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OXYMORON

Cat: ECO
Pub: 2007
#: 0700a

Kanzo Kobayashi

10930u/18301r
Index
  1. Introduction:
  2. Literal oxymoron:
  3. Classic oxymoron:
  4. Political oxymoron:
  5. Technical oxymoron:
  6. Psychological oxymoron:
  7. Palindrome.:
  8. Axiom:
  9. Digital joke:
  10. Joke:
  11. Bit oxymoron:
  1. 序:
  2. 文字矛盾:
  3. 古典矛盾:
  4. 政治矛盾:
  5. 技術矛盾:
  6. 心理矛盾:
  7. 回文:
  8. 格言:
  9. デジタルジョーク:
  10. ジョーク:
  11. ビット矛盾:
Why?
  • Our world is full of contradiction, oddness, singularity, paralogium, or non causa pro causa, or even philosophism of infallibility.
  • But it it the essence of life to commit an error in trascripting messages written in our DNA.
  • History of science has been battles against these errors, or finding another solution-like error which would be more difficult to solve.
  • この世の中は、矛盾、奇妙、異常、特異、因果の誤謬、あるいは誤謬絶無という詭弁に満ちている。
  • しかし、DNAの転写に当たって、誤りを犯すのが我々生命の本質でもある。
  • 科学の歴史はこれらの誤謬との闘いの歴史であったのか、あるいは、解くのがより困難であろう解決らしき次の誤謬を見出すことであった。
Key phrase
Remarks

>Top 0. Introduction:

  • A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist. (American Heritage Dictionary)
  • The phrase of "oxymoron" is not only a rhetoric of expression, but this gives us a strange and profound intellectual effect.
  • Oxymoron hides in the background of our mind, and sometimes appears in the surface, similar to a whale!
    So, let's go to find whale watching in spacious ocean world of words.

0. 序:

>Top 1. < LITERAL OXYMORON >

  • (contradiction) is a typical oxymoron.
    Old Chinese story tells that once there was a weapon merchant, who is selling a sword which can penetrate any hard protection. Concurrently he sells a buckler which can shield any hard sword. Then a possible buyer asked, "What happens if you stab your buckler with your sword?"
  • open secret
  • zero sum
  • sound of silence
  • public school (in England)
  • numberless:
    Giga (10^9), Tera (10^12), Peta (10^15), Exa (10^18), Zetta (10^21), Yotta (10^24)
    But we, two-byte culture living people, have much more bigger number unit:
    Japanese (Chinese, or Buddhist) new number unit appears every four figures, while Western three figure.
    That is: "Man" = 10^4, "Oku" = 10^8, "Cho" = 10^12, "Kei" = 10‾16, "Gai" = 10^20, "Jo" = 10^24, "Jou" = 10^28, "Kou" = 10‾32, "Kan"= 10^36, "Sei" = 10^40, "Sai" = 10^44, "Goku" = 10^48, "Kougasha" = 10^52, "Asougi" = 10^56, "Nayuta" = 10^60, "Fukashigi" = 10^64, "Muryo" = 10^68, "Taisuu" = 10^72.
    Here, for example, "Koga" means the Ganges River in India. "Kogasha" probably means the total number of grains of sand in the Ganges River. "Fukashigi" literally means 'mystery', "Muryo" means 'infinite', "Taisu" mean 'big number'; all these units originally came from Buddhist counting of 'Sanskrit' numbers.
    But western culture insists that there is bigger expression of number: "googol" (10^100), and finally "googolplex" (10‾10^100) = the number 10 raised to the power googol.
  • timeless
  • worth nothing
  • shitless
  • lovehate
  • a white crow
  • Black Swan; written by Nassim N. Taleb
  • Shimatsu-sho (a letter of apology); in Japanese 'shimatsu' means disposal or settlement; which should be in-disposal or un-settlement?
  • realist of the fantastic
  • Infinite zero:
  • Strength of weak ties:
  • Black-ink bankruptcy
  • "Sometimes what counts can't be counted, and what can be counted doesn't count." - Albert Einstein
  • Labor Day (1882 in US) : should be Labor Off Day .
  • Monopolistic competition; as a type of imperfect competition: Monopoly has no more competiton.
  • PFI (Private Finance Initiative) to support publich finance; does Private support Publich?
  • Visualization of the vision: Vision should be something to be seen.
  • brittle like a plastic; does plastic have no plasticity?
  • Plastic littering will destory plastic forces in nature.
  • One cannot derive from where the outcome of the derivatives has come.
  • New Old Stock: original parts for obsolete equipment
  • bipartisan diplomacy
  • He answered me in a politely impolite voice and manner; or impolitely polite words
  • easy feat
  • sweet sorrow

1. 言語的オキシモロン:

  • 千 qiān=10^3; 万wàn=10^4;
    亿(億) yì=10^8;
    兆 zhào=10^12;
    京 jīng=10^16;
    垓 gāi=10^20;
    秭 zǐ(禾予) =10^24;
    穰 ráng=10^28;
    沟(溝) gōu=10^32;
    涧 jiàn=10^36;
    正 zhēng=10^40;
    载 zǎi=10^44;
    极(極)=10^48;
    恒河沙 hénghéshá=10^52, coultless as the grains of sand in the Ganges;
    阿僧祇 āsēngqí=10^56;
    那由他 nuóyóutā=10^60;
    不可思议 fùkěsīyì=10^64, unimaginable;
    无量 wúliàng=10^68, measureless;
    大数 dàshù=10^72;
  • all these units originally came from Buddhist counting of 'Sanskrit' numbers.
  • Einstein:
    価値があるにもかかわらずその価値が計れず、また価値は計れるにもかかわらずその価値がないものがある。20世紀最大の発明と言われる相対性理論は、その理論が評価されてノーベル賞を受賞してはいない。)

 

>Top 2. <CLASSIC OXYMORON>

  • Make haste slowly.
  • Shizukasa ya iwa ni shimiiru semi no koe
    (How still it is here - stinging into the stones, the locusts' trill.)
    (from Okuno Hosomichi- The Narrow Road to Oku by Matsuo Basho, 1689, translated by Donald Keene.)
    .............At the summit the doors of the temple buildings were all shut, and not a sound could be heard. Circling around the cliffs and crawling over the rocks, we reached the main temple building. In the splendor of the scene and the silence I felt a wonderful peace penetrate my heart.
  • multrum in parvo: much in little, i.e. a great deal in a small compass; much information communicted in few words.
  • festina lente: make haste slowly
  • felix culpa: happy fault
  • ignotum per ignotius: the unknown by means of the more unknown: such as explain the universe by superstring theory, or 10th or 11th dimensions.
  • terminus a quo: end from which; starting-point of something; Cf. terminus ad quo; term to which, the finishing time of something
  • odi et amo: I hate and I love
  • petitio principii: beg the question; a logical fallacy which consists in taking for granted a premiss which is either equivanent to, or itself depends on, the conclusion.
  • obscurum per obscurius: explain the unclear by means of the more unclear.
  • pons asinorum: bridge of asses; dul-witted persons find in getting over or mastering it.
  • prima/primus inter pares: first among equals
  • pars pro toto: the part for the whole, i.e. a part considered a represenatie of the whole
  • maximus in minimis: very great in very little things
  • meum et tuum: mine and thine; what is one's own and what is another's
  • qui docet discit: he who teaches learns
  • quid pro quo: something for something

2. 古典的オキシモロン:

  • 急がば回れ
 

>Top 3. <POLITICUL OXYMORON>

  • nuclear deterrent
  • peace keeping operation
  • Clinton's ethical message
  • Bush's peace message
  • Japanese government swears historical recognition at Yasukuni Shrine.
  • Stiglitz stated that Greenspan“didn't really believe in regulation; when the excesses of the financial system were noted, (he and others) called for self-regulation—an oxymoron.”

3. 政治的オキシモロン:

>Top 4. <TECHNICAL OXYMORON>

  • Schrödinger's cat
  • zero emissions
  • Microsoft 100% pure Java
  • IBM =" I Built Microsoft"= or "I Buy Mac"
  • stupid network
  • Paper document for paperless forum
  • Y2K problem conference 99
  • packet communication
    The essence of communication is long believed to connect or establish point-to-point communication physically. During the communication, other intervention or interference must be excluded. Imagine one way railway; a train must physically occupy the whole route of railway to secure the traffic between the two terminals. But the packet communication was invented with revolutionary idea; information is divided, or packetized in a small volume named packet with necessary tags or identification, similar to a parcel in the postage. Various packetized information is contaminated and concurrently delivered using same communication line. If it is congested or disconnected another detour route is used. Such packet switching technology has the advantage of efficient communication and more redundancy than the dedicated line. But it has the disadvantage of some delay, which does not fit realtime communication. But recent technology has developed such as IP telephony! So new technology produces many 'but' and oxymoron.
  • Liquid crystal
  • Digital spectrum:
    Various digital services are appearing, which are collectively called "Digital spectrum". But we should not forget "digital" is discrete and "spectrum" is continuous concept.
  • Chaordic: The behavior of a self-governing organism or system that harmouniously blends chaos and order.
  • Mass customization: Mass customization is the new frontier in business competition for both manufacturing and service industries. (Wiki)
  • ly= light year= about 9.46 trillion km; the distance to α Centauri is nearLY 4.37ly.

4. 技術的オキシモロン

  • カオス秩序的

>Top 5. <PSYCHOLOGICAL OXYMORON>

  • cruelly kind
  • insanely great
  • Core competence of Sogo-shosha
  • Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded.
  • At the changeable age, there remains unchanged things.
  • Interim-CEO, or "iCEO". Steve Jobs became iCEO when he returned Apple Computer. From 2000, he promoted to normal CEO from iCEO.
  • Patent of Business Model:
    Model should be a proposal or a plan for testing or final product. If a model is registered as a patent which will not allow further improvement or revision, this would not be called a model any more.
  • "GLOCAL" vs. "GLOBAL"
    Internet or development of LAN and WAN enables local activities more and more global, which will be called "GLOCAL", a new synthetic word of "Global" and "Local".
  • bittersweet
  • temporary life annuity
  • strength of Achilles tendon
  • chaordic: characteristics of chaos and order.
  • Kiss of death:
  • manhole
  • silent voice
  • deadly friend
  • deadly nightshade (belladona)
  • timeless; timeless sleep, timeless fly; timeless 2013
  • ageless
  • spaceless
  • accentless
  • Cable & Wireless
  • capital letter
  • Today's only one agenda (→agendum)
  • adverblessly
  • addless AD
  • an infinite number of points lies between any two points.
  • wise fool: a fool expesses wisdom

5. 心理的オキシモロン:

>Top 6. <PALINDROME>

  • Symmetry by characters:
    • A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.
    • Madam, I'm Adam.
    • I prefer π(pi)
    • Damn, I Agassi miss again, mad!
    • Was it a cat I saw?
    • Are we not drawn onward, we few? Drawn onward to new era?
  • Symmetry by words:
    • First ladies rule the state and state the rule: laddies first.
  • Japanese palindrome (called kaibun) by hiragana syllabary.
    • むら草に草の名はもし備はらば なぞしも花の咲くに咲くらむ
    • 長き夜の遠の眠りの皆目覚め 波乗り船の音のよきかな
    • 白波の高き音すら長浜は 必ず遠き潟のみならし
    • 茂る葉もかざして岩間闇砕く 御山は出でじ坂も遙けし
    • 松の葉に 悲しみ深し追憶を いつしか踏みし 中庭の妻
  • Palindromic number:
    • Palindromic primes:
    • Palindromic perfect squares: 0^2=0, 1^2=1, 2^2=4, 3^2=9, 11^2=121, 22^2=484, 26^2=676, 101^2=10201, 111^2=12321, 121^2= 14641, 202^2=40804, 212^2=44944, 264^2=69696, 836^2=698896, 1001^2=1002001, 1111^2=1234321, 11111^2=123454321
  • New palidrome (original):
    • 金の種か、ネタの根か

6. 回文:

>Top 7. <AXIOM>

  • On the shoulders of giants:
    " Pigmei Gigantum humeris imposite plusquam ipsi Gigantes vident."
    (A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giants himseves.)

7. 公理:

>Top 8. <DIGITGAL JOKE>

  • Thank you for calling. Please leave a message. In case I forget to check my messages, please send your message as an audio file to my e-mail, then send me a fax to remind me to check my e-mail, then call back to remind me to check my fax.
  • Please press 1 to transfer your call. If you're calling from a rotary phone, please make a beepy noise that sounds like you just pressed 1 on a touch-tone phone."
  • "Technology has made my job much easier! I begin each morning by listening to all my voice mail and when I'm done with that it's time to go home!"
  • Show-stopper: Every song is a show-stopper. But the lack of Unicode support is a show-stopper for me. The former is a good stopper, while the latter is a bad one.

8. デジタル・ジョーク:

>Top 9. <JOKE>:

  • Irregular conjugation for Japanese:
    • love - rub - rubbed - abandoned
  • Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present.
    • Pre-sent is an oxymoron; pre mean a forecast of future, nad sent is description of the past, thus Pre-sent would be a bridge of the past and a future.
  • What is the longese word in English: It is not 'smiles'; it should be 'slyness,' because there is a light year between s- and -ness. There are many others: lily, polyline. What about 'Opar section', where 'parsec' (3.26 ly) is included.
  • Une monja (=Sp. nun) mange monja (=Jp. monja food).
  • Дорога (=Ru. road) is doro (=Jp. road).
  • Колкол (=Ru. ring) rolled korokoro (=Jp. rolling).
  • take vows (=bonze)

9. ジョーク:

>Top 10. <BIT OXYMORON>:

  • Bid world is totally different from atom world.
  • "People are making lots of money charging nothing." (Book of 'Free')
    • It started with a loose end in The Long Tail.
    • 21st century Free is different from 20th century Free.
    • 'Freemium' = Free + Premium
    • Google Generation says 'Duh'
  • Trancendental number:
    $\pi=3.14159 26535 8979\:3 23846\: 26433 \:83279\: 58288 ...$
  • $e=2.71828\: 18284\: 59045\: 23536\: 02874\: 71352 ...$

10. ビット・オキシモロン:

  • ビットの世界はアトムの世界とは全く異なる。
  • フリーミアム
    • 21Cのタダは20Cのタダとは異なる。
    • グーグル世代にとっては当たり前のこと
  • さて一夜人行くに無意味違約なく三文や読む。風呂良さみ闇に泣く岩に母
  • 担いや負やいや増やし、いつくれ死後文いつ見む、鬼やなし無い御子に

>Top 11. <CHANGE OF ORDER IN EXPRESSION>:

  • Black and white TV
  • buying and selling
  • food and drink
  • cats and dogs
  • Snow Whilte
  • Daddy Long Legs
  • Food and clothing: manner and money make a gentleman.
  • Spacetime
  • Young and old
  • Heavy and light
  • Heat and cold
  • Ladies and gentlemen
  • Debts and credits
  • Rain or shine
  • male and female
  • Right and left
  • North and South
  • North, South, East and West
  • Supply and Demand
  • Women and Children

11. 表現の順番の違い:

  • 白黒テレビ
  • 売買
  • 飲食物
  • 犬猫
  • 白雪姫
  • あしながおじさん
  • 衣食
  • 時空
  • 長幼・老若
  • 軽重
  • 寒暖
  • 紳士淑女
  • 債権債務
  • 晴雨
  • 雌雄
  • 左右
  • 南北
  • 東西南北
  • 需給
  • 婦女子

>Top 12. <AMBIGUITY IN EXPRESSION>:

  • house to rent; property for sale

12. 表現の曖昧さ:

  • 賃貸物件、売買物件
Comment
  • Colletion and discussion of 'Oxymoron' was very popular in a can discussion at PMD-59, Harvard Business School in 1990. Particularly Carl of DEC, etc.
  • オキシモロンの議論は、HBSのPMD-59クラスのキャンでとても人気があった。特にDECにいたCarlなど。

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