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victor tango
13th Dec 2014, 09:56
Just my view, but to start things off................

Boarder Guards
Right Honourable
NICE
Care Homes
Middle East Peace Envoy
Sofa sale ends today

Quizling
13th Dec 2014, 10:09
Military intelligence.

meadowrun
13th Dec 2014, 10:11
Boarder?????

Shaggy Sheep Driver
13th Dec 2014, 11:09
"Sports Personality of the Year"

Fox3WheresMyBanana
13th Dec 2014, 11:16
Microsoft Works
Teen Culture
War on Terror
Free Market

sitigeltfel
13th Dec 2014, 11:18
Civil Servant

vulcanised
13th Dec 2014, 11:34
Mis-nomer?

Capetonian
13th Dec 2014, 11:40
Totally unlimited.
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Free gift.
A gift at only 10.

The Nip
13th Dec 2014, 11:56
Every penny you donate goes to those that need.

wings folded
13th Dec 2014, 12:00
Boarder?????
Of course. Protecting inmates (er, scholars) at Eton. Obvious really.

gemma10
13th Dec 2014, 12:03
Made with real leather

Super VC-10
13th Dec 2014, 12:05
One from C19th newspapers -

Police intelligence :rolleyes:

Sallyann1234
13th Dec 2014, 12:05
Having seen some of Eton's products, I think the border guards should be facing the other way.

gemma10
13th Dec 2014, 12:07
Seen recently on a packet of cashew nuts. "This product may contain nuts"

419
13th Dec 2014, 12:23
Doxepin Tablets: Indications, Side Effects, Warnings - Drugs.com (http://www.drugs.com/cdi/doxepin.html)Doxepin.

Doxepin is used for:
Treating insomnia (trouble sleeping) in patients who have trouble staying asleep.

Important safety information:
Doxepin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision.

I wonder if you could sue if those tablets didn't cause drowsiness?

foresight
13th Dec 2014, 13:46
Sorry to be a pedantic PITA, but I'd like to correct the frequent misuse of the word 'oxymoron'.

An oxymoron is a figure of speech, ie the deliberate use of contrary terms for literary effect.

'Contradiction in terms' is the correct expression for inadvertent/accidental use of same.

goudie
13th Dec 2014, 13:54
Deeply superficial

Faked sincerity

vulcanised
13th Dec 2014, 14:06
Why do so many folk refer to human beings ?

Why not just 'humans' ?

747 jock
13th Dec 2014, 14:23
Why do so many folk refer to human beings ?

Why not just 'humans' ?

Because they are using the full and correct name for our species.

If you call someone a human being you are stating that they are a Homo-Sapien.
If you simply call something human, you could be implying that they simply have human characteristics, as in "my dog is almost human".

Using the word "humans" does work in just about every instance, but it is still an abbreviation of the full name.

Low Flier
13th Dec 2014, 17:34
Brief post:

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RedhillPhil
13th Dec 2014, 21:33
socialist worker

mikedreamer787
13th Dec 2014, 21:45
Seen on a box of upmarket sleeping pills....

This product may cause drowsiness.

May?

Loose rivets
13th Dec 2014, 23:39
Upmarket? I don't think so. If it had been truly upmarket it would have read - This product may cause one to become drowsy.

Eddie Dean
14th Dec 2014, 03:45
-----If you call someone a human being you are stating that they are a Homo-Sapien.


To be a pedant, it is Homo Sapien Sapien, which could be a tautology

Tankertrashnav
14th Dec 2014, 09:20
Having seen some of Eton's products, I think the border guards should be facing the other way.

On the other hand there have been plenty of good ones. Just three examples to be going on with

George Orwell
Jeremy Brett (the best Sherlock Holmes ever)
Hugh Laurie (until he went all Hollywood, that is)

They're not all chinless wonders or hooray Henries!

Capetonian
14th Dec 2014, 09:25
Socialist equality.

Fliegenmong
14th Dec 2014, 09:42
At the risk of being mercilessly flamed...isn't "US Military Intelligence" a long time favourite...:8

Capetonian
14th Dec 2014, 09:45
Before anyone else gets back at you, Fliegs, for that, I'll do it :

Australian Culture.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Dec 2014, 11:14
Australian Culture.


Usually found between the toes, IINM.:}

Dr Jekyll
14th Dec 2014, 12:29
Virgin Stewardess.

As for Misnomers, what about 'unexploded bomb'? Why not just 'bomb'?

Fox3WheresMyBanana
14th Dec 2014, 13:36
Unexploded bomb implies the bomb is probably armed, whereas bomb does not

Pedant mode off.

ONE GREEN AND HOPING
14th Dec 2014, 13:56
......There's always 'tautology'.....

It took an Australian friend to point out to me that the late company,
European Aviation Air Charter contained a tautolism. I thought that 'Aviation Air' sounded a bit clumsy, but had not to that point heard the expression 'Tautology'.

Rosevidney1
14th Dec 2014, 16:48
Prolixity of expression?

Capetonian
14th Dec 2014, 16:51
Christmas cheer

wings folded
14th Dec 2014, 19:19
I had a cousin who taught ology at the local Tech College. Has now retired.

Capetonian
14th Dec 2014, 21:03
Democratic, as in :
German Democratic Republic - a communist dicatorship, happily now defunct.
Democratic Republic of Congo - a totally undemocratic hellhole run by a cabal of despots.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea - a totally undemocratic hellhole run by a deranged despot.

Shack37
14th Dec 2014, 21:35
Upmarket? I don't think so. If it had been truly upmarket it would have read
- This product may cause one to become drowsy.



Really upmarket would say may cause somnolence.

polecat2
14th Dec 2014, 22:52
Sports Personality

sitigeltfel
15th Dec 2014, 04:43
Religion of peace.

SMT Member
15th Dec 2014, 05:24
Intelligent design

Krystal n chips
15th Dec 2014, 05:43
RAF man management

right wing philanthropist

teeteringhead
15th Dec 2014, 08:46
Fun Run fkjsdflk lskfdlskd

vctenderness
15th Dec 2014, 09:00
Sports personality - in particular when referring to Andy Murray.:ok:

Tankertrashnav
15th Dec 2014, 09:20
right wing philanthropist

Andrew Carnegie? One of the most successful capitalists of all time who certainly didnt employ socialist principles in making his millions, yet also one of the world's most generous philanthropists.

Eddie Dean
15th Dec 2014, 09:43
Officer and a Gentleman

Tankertrashnav
16th Dec 2014, 09:17
From Coming up for Air by George Orwell

The central character, Second Lieutenant Bowling, has been posted to do an admin job, in a break from active service.

General - "Are you a gentleman, Bowling?"

Bowling - "No Sir."

General - "Good. Then perhaps we'll get some work done!"

Fantome
16th Dec 2014, 09:26
"Please leave a short ten second message."

victor tango
16th Dec 2014, 18:22
Investors in People

rgbrock1
16th Dec 2014, 18:23
Military Intelligence. :ok:

Piltdown Man
16th Dec 2014, 18:33
The often used marketing phrase: "For your benefit and convenience..."

PM

oxenos
16th Dec 2014, 18:54
"Your call is valuable to us"

Xenophon
16th Dec 2014, 19:51
"Rap Music"

PinkusDickus
16th Dec 2014, 20:17
Amicable Divorce

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