An Oxymoron for our Times

5 February 2022 – I do not expect an oxymoron to ambush me, right here in the aisles of retail consumerism.

Oxymoron, after all, is mental/linguistic. It is, as the Oxford Dictionary reminds us: “a phrase that combines two words that seem to be the opposite of each other, such as ‘a deafening silence’.”

Examples abound, including the much-quoted “military intelligence” — and my personal favourite, “quite unique.”

Bah. Forget all that brainy stuff. Today the oxymoron got physical.

A feisty doormat!

Protocol

17 January 2022 – Here at the hair salon, everyone is vaxxed, masked, distanced, and hand-sanitized. Fully compliant.

Fully compliant with the current hygiene/medical protocol required by our provincial government.

Those of us who favour one particular hair cutter, however, must comply with an additional protocol.

It is linguistic.

We talk a blue streak. We discuss ships and shoes and sealing wax … and Vancouver’s recent snow … and Toronto’s current snow … even the derivation of the word “orangutan” (from the Malay/Indonesian orang + utan, i.e. person + forest).

But not a word about you-know-what. It is wonderfully restful.

Oh, Calm Down

19 December 2020 — They have barely started distributing vaccine.

So just calm down.

Cool your jets.

Hold your horses.

(Mutter your own favourite cliché.)

In other words …

Be patient.

Maybe by Valentine’s Day?

Yoga Now

18 September 2020 — A display rack of note cards in an upscale shop, the usual collection of art cards, pretty-pretties, and swelling coastline vistas of Scenic B.C.

Plus this one.

Perhaps a very new offering, certainly a very timely one, from a local outfit called Ben & Company.

I buy it. (Svelte Lululemon gear is so six months ago…)

 

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