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Autor:  Marcio Osorio
E-mail:  rec165701@yahoo.com.br
Data:  17/FEV/2006 12:07 AM
Assunto:  "Standard Deviants"
Mensagem:  Ana, "Standard Deviants" sounds like an oxymoron. How would a grammar-conscious speaker conceive of a "standard" (a norm long established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example all should follow) and still regard it as "deviant" (deviating especially from accepted or standard norm)?

oxymoron = a combination for epigrammatic effect of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness, laborious idleness and of course, you can lump "Standard Deviants" together with these).

Would shifting the word order like this: "Deviant Standards" have the same impact?

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
"Standard Deviants"  –  Ana M  10/FEV/2006, 2:22 PM
 "Standard Deviants"  –  Marcio Osorio  17/FEV/2006, 12:07 AM

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