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TomLaney1 October 30th, 2014 3:32am

USAGE UUEDNESDAY (hey, it's a "double U"): the following phrase is technically an oxymoron - "21-day quarantine."

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/01/14 12:10 am

Doesn't have to be diametrically opposite, just contradictory. And "21-day" contradicts "40-day isolation period."

ladyniner81 I hate people
10/30/14 1:55 pm

Am I the onky one who wants to punch that woman in the face? bxcan she be any more arrogant? I'd seriously laugh if she got it. And tjose idiot reporters who are talking to her. I'm not fearmongering, I'm shaking my head at her douchebaggery

ladyniner81 I hate people
10/30/14 1:56 pm

I'm not usually an asshole, but she pisses me off.

And I'm too lazy to correct my typos. :(

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/01/14 12:16 am

I'm SO with you. This loudmouth should be locked up even AFTER her 21 days are over, for willful neglect of public safety, or whatever. Endangering the public, maybe. Of course, since it's Maine, "douchebaggery" might be enough. :o)

Diogenes FreeMeBe
10/30/14 3:49 am

Quattuor vs. quadraginta (4 vs. 40). I understand the Latin derivation and therefore your reasoning although a four or forty day quarantine is evasive. 21-day could be considered descriptor. I agree and think "insulate" from Latin "insula" is apropos

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 4:15 am

Nulla vir insula est.

Or, since I took "quaranta" from Italian,

Nessun uomo é un isola. :o)

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 4:20 am

Oh, and I just glanced back up and remembered your "descriptor" argument. What about an "eight-day week"? It's still contradictory, and thus an oxymoron, right? Man, you keep me on my toes! :o)

Diogenes FreeMeBe
10/30/14 4:24 am

Just love grey matter! Keep em coming, TL. These are fun you jumbo shrimp!

Diogenes FreeMeBe
10/30/14 4:31 am

With regard to your phrases, I do consider you an island. Thinkers are few and far between and thus isolated from the many who are not.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 5:29 am

Dio, I am very glad you are a nearby island. :o)

Diogenes FreeMeBe
10/30/14 6:29 am

Et tu, tlaney.

jvc1133 61535
10/30/14 12:49 am

Doesn't seem to make a difference we apparently can't grasp the concept.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 2:40 am

It's just a little fun and educational experience for those who accept it in the spirit in which it's intended. I'm here to make your life interesting and drop a nugget of knowledge now and then along our path. :o)

RJ1969 SoCal
10/29/14 9:10 pm

Wait...the noun or the verb?

Arananthi Literal Ninja
10/29/14 9:08 pm

Sorry, I'm calling shenanigans. Claiming that every word's meaning should adhere to it's etymology gets you into some really f-ed up places really quickly. For example, "train" is based on latin 'tractus' meaning 'to prolong or drag out.'

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Arananthi Literal Ninja
10/29/14 9:10 pm

By your reasoning, the concept of a 'short training session' would be an oxymoron.

DuckAndCower
10/29/14 9:51 pm

I think that's why he threw the "technically" in there.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 2:35 am

Gold star for Duck (✯ ), and apologies to Ara - you're right, it's a slippery slope that I shouldn't necessarily encourage. But the main point here is "fun with words," and a little frustration now and then keeps folks interested. :o)

dudley northern Virginia woods
10/29/14 9:07 pm

So quarantine means 40 days. It's a difference between denotation and connotation , right? In one sense it just means to keep in place away from others for a certain specified amount of time .

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 2:28 am

Yes. That's why I made sure to say "technically." :o) Gold star! ✯

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 2:26 am

✯❤️✯❤️✯

political Georgia
10/29/14 8:51 pm

The explanation flew straight over my head, but I answered correctly. :)

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/29/14 9:03 pm

That's because i had to retype the second panel, so you probably haven't seen it yet. Check it out and see if it makes more sense this time.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/29/14 8:49 pm

From Latin quadraginta meaning forty. So yes, there's no 21 day "quarantine".

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 2:25 am

Gold star! ✯

TomM
11/02/14 5:50 pm

What would you call the 21 day lock up if not a quarantine.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/02/14 10:40 pm

An isolation period or even a sequestration. "Confinement" would be accurate, but sounds awful.

TomM
11/03/14 7:47 am

Isolation period is better. Thanks.

susanr Colorado
10/29/14 8:41 pm

Technically, yes. In practical usage though, no.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/29/14 8:48 pm

Excellent! Of course you'd know this one! :o)

susanr Colorado
10/29/14 8:52 pm

Thanks, although I had it in my head that the origin was Latin. I suppose ultimately it must come from Latin, somehow. Wish I could remember more... it's been 50+ years.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/29/14 9:05 pm

Praet has the Latin right over your head. Look up ⬆️⬆️.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/29/14 8:37 pm

ANSWER - PLEASE READ: This, like that obnoxious nurse in Maine, is going to be contentious, but I assure you my answer is correct. The statement is TRUE. "Quarantine" comes from "quaranta," which is Italian for "forty." It initially referred to a

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imanag My heaven on Earth
10/29/14 8:49 pm

I love Latin based languages. :)

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/29/14 9:01 pm

FORTY-DAY isolation period. So, technically (OK, call me a grammar nerd. It's been said before), any period other than forty days would produce an oxymoron. And mentioning the 40 days would make the phrase redundant. Isn't English fun?

political Georgia
10/29/14 9:04 pm

No! It's aggravating. :)

TierasPet
10/29/14 9:32 pm

I'm with political. This is aggravating. Thanks for the lesson though.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
10/29/14 9:42 pm

Interesting, Tlaney. Thanks for sharing.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 2:43 am

Pol and TP, my apologies. See my replies to aranathi and jvc above. :o)

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/30/14 2:45 am

Krystina, thanks for being interested! That always makes us teachers feel good! ✯