OOP = Obviously Oxmoronic Posting

OOP = Obviously Oxmoronic Posting

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In double-checking today's entry, I see that I wrote:

Saying that script is bad because spotty teenage vandals use it is obviously specious.

Hmm.

Is there such a thing as “obviously specious”, or is that an oxymoron? 

 

  • I will say that an unintelligent rube like myself wasn't really aware of this, until you pointed it out...perhaps it's like "pretty much a concensus..."
  • Doesn't seem like an oxymoron to me. Specious deals with the falseness of a claim, not that the falseness is easy to see.

    I'm basing my opinion from definitions found here:
    http://www.hyperdictionary.com/dictionary/specious
  • > Specious deals with the falseness of a claim, not that the falseness is easy to see

    Oh yes it does. "specious" means "plausible but false", according to your link. If an argument is "obviously false" then it can hardly be plausible, can it?
  • "obviously specious" means false. Although a deeper analysis of the meaning of specious could lead one to conclude "obviously specious" is the same as "old wifes tale" or "urban legend".
  • It is an oxymoron but in subtly obvious way
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