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    Engineering Management - an Oxymoron?

    Where I work the good ol boys engineers' club just about guarantees that you will eventually be promoted to a mid-manager position if you stick around long enough, maybe even faster if you screw up one or more big dollar projects.

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    Other oxymorons:

    Military Intelligence
    **** Sapien (Thinking Man)
    Pretty Ugly
    current history
    ice-cold water
    new tradition
    suicide victim
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    awfully good
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    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Pretty Ugly

    ice-cold water
    Just concentrating on those two.

    In Pretty Ugly, the Pretty is used in a manner that implies scale, meaning on the fair end of, as in very ugly.

    And in Ice-cold Water, at 32F, it's very possible to have water and ice at the exact same temperature. At stp, ice-cold water would imply water that is chilled down to near 32F if not cooler.

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    Giving you the business. Cypress's Avatar
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    if anyone tries to say wicked awesome (or whatever other word you choose to put after wicked) there will be words.

    and slvoid, that's not even stepping into the realm of water with additives in it (ie: salt) which can decrease it's freezing point. Ice-cold itself is a non-specific term.
    "The term, then, is obviously a relative one: my pedantry is your scholarship, his reasonable accuracy, her irreducible minimum of education and someone else’s ignorance." H. W. Fowler, Modern English Usage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    Head Butt
    Now, butt-head, on the other hand...

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    So how's your PERS looking, randya? Had enough yet?
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