Thursday, February 24, 2005


I must give a juxtaposition of two words, used in conversation today "a hiatus of disinterest".
Of course, I love juxtaposition also, and use it when I can which is not often.

posted by joe @ 2/24/2005 09:53:00 AM   5 comments


At 8:26 PM, Blogger Clay said...

Is this juxtaposition of these words of any significance here other than the phrase which has been formed? If not, then your flagrant use of 'juxtaposition' could be inflammatory to those who are not so fond of this word.

How was this phrase used? I'm guessing that its intended meaning was the opposite of its literal translation.

At 7:16 AM, Blogger joe said...

My reply is the contrast of height(hiatus) and the juxtaposition of a negative(low) term disinterest. So you have verbal and visual extreme disinterest.

Contrasting this with a "nadir of disinterest" which gives a picture of low-low.

There is no hidden meaning to this combination of words, and you have my permission to use them as you see fit.

I'm sorry re. your negative feelings(hiatus of disinterest?) concerning juxtaposition, but I got to use it twice in this post.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Clay said...

I see the problem now. It is your incorrect belief that hiatus means high or is a positive term, rather than the negative term which it really is. There's not really much juxtapositional fodder there. You must be the one telling all the patients they have a "high hernia", before they come and see me and I have to tell them it is really a hiatal hernia.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger joe said...

Ok, so you exposed my ignorance of the meaning of hiatus, much as I expected and hoped. So the correct and better juxtaposition could be "a hiatus of interest". The other "a hiatus of disinterest" would be intense interest. No wonder people sometimes don't understand what I say(it's all so clear to me!).

At 2:43 PM, Blogger joe said...

How about a zenith of disinterest?
I'm sure that was what I was thinking.

I am not the source of the misnomer "high hernia" , but on further cogitation. This is not a bad term. A hiatal hernia is the "highest" common hernia in an upright human(discounting herniation of the brain stem) that I can recall. And it is above(higher than) the diaphragm. And almost everyone knows what is meant by the term. So there may be some science in the term.


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