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    Another Paradox: “Delicious Eggnog”

    cuttingxmas.jpgQuote:   "Christians chop down trees to make houses to put trees in." Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer in the New York Times.

    Figure of Speechparadox, the contrary figure.

    Paradox is Greek for "contrary to doxa."  Doxa is Greek for "received wisdom," "popular belief," or "public opinion."  Tree-loving Christians know the word through the doxology—literally "statement of belief."

    In rhetoric, what people believe is as good as a fact.  The Greeks considered social life the most meaningful life; a fact that opposed popular belief was, therefore, a paradox.  So you can understand why the Greek word for someone who refused to participate in public life was idiot.

    Jonathan Foer’s A Beginner’s Guide to Hanukkah is educational, too — he names six Christmas songs written by Jews — if a little bit biased.  Christmas, he says, is a time when Christians "touch each other's sweaters while they sing together around pianos." And "here's another bad thing about Christmas," he says:  “Christmas trees are terrible fire hazards."

    Paradoxical, but true.

    Snappy Answer:  "So when are they going to put a dreidel spinning game on Xbox?"

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    Reader Comments (1)

    Yes, but I wonder why you didn't quote the last four sentence-paragraphs of the article?... Those are REAL paradox. :)
    December 27, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBoldizsár

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