Where will the [anti-MS] insanity end?

Dr. Ernest N. Prabhakar (ernest@drernie.scruz.net)
Wed, 25 Feb 98 21:08:26 -0800

[Carefully skirting the rule against posting old/humour bits by adding
commentary bits - newbies take note!]

Now, we've probably all seen this list of Oxymorons before, tacked onto
walls if not yet on email. What's new is the punchline (go ahead, peek,
I'll wait).

It is interesting that most of them are literal oxymorons, whereas a
several are clearly intended as put-downs (against Airlines, Governments,
British, New York, and possibly rap) , with MS topping the list.

It certainly seems significant somehow that anti-MS sentiment has
reached the point where people are reclying old jokes, rather than
creating new ones. What this means, though, I have no idea. That MS is
attracting less creative enemies? That all the good anti-MS jokes are
taken? That people feel a need to toss MS-bashing into every email
joke, the way Hollywood tosses sex into every plot?

I don't know. Do you?

-- Ernie P.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: 25 Feb 1998 0:00:00
Subject: 6th: Top 51 Oxymorons

Originally from: brianpate@juno.com (Brian D. Pate)
Originally dated: 25 Feb 1998 0:00:00

51. Friendly Fire
50. Act naturally
49. Found missing
48. Resident alien
47. Advanced BASIC
46. Genuine imitation
45. Airline Food
44. Good grief
43. Same difference
42. Almost exactly
41. Government organization
40. Sanitary landfill
39. Alone together
38. Legally drunk
37. Silent scream
36. British fashion
35. Living dead
34. Small crowd
33. Business ethics
32. Soft rock
30. Military Intelligence
29. Software documentation
28. New York culture
27. New classic
26. Sweet sorrow
25. Childproof
24. "Now, then ..."
23. Synthetic natural gas
22. Christian Scientists
21. Passive aggression
20. Taped live
19. Clearly misunderstood
18. Peace force
17. Extinct Life
16. Temporary tax increase
14. Plastic glasses
13. Terribly pleased
12. Computer security
11. Political science
10. Tight slacks
9. Definite maybe
8. Pretty ugly
7. Twelve-ounce pound cake
6. Diet ice cream
5. Rap music
4. Working vacation
3. Exact estimate
2. Religious tolerance

And the Number one top OXY-Moron,

1. Microsoft Works