OOP = Obviously Oxmoronic Posting


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? 

 

Comments (5)

  1. Mike Shaffer says:

    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…"

  2. Louis Parks says:

    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

  3. Eric Lippert says:

    > 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?

  4. "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".

  5. indranil banerjee says:

    It is an oxymoron but in subtly obvious way