“. . .Oxymoron was ever the bravest figure, and we must not forget that disorderly order is order after all.” G. Gregory Smith.


If you attempt to pronounce the word that heralds this statement you may find your mind in a fankle and tongue in a twist.  It is one of those words which are meant to be used in textual form, rather than articulated.  A word invented by a 19th, early 20th century Scottish literary critic named G Gregory Smith and you will find a paragraph of his explaining what he means by it on Wiki.

Why have I mentioned antisyzygy?  It is a word that I have always thought accorded well with how I feel about life, others, myself, and is the spirit in which I believe the best literature is written, the best pictures are painted, films directed and so on – antisyzygystycal.

Life is polarised, made up of opposites, thesis and antithesis, black and white, God and the Devil. Hegel moved in false philosophical mode when he dreamt up synthesis.  In following Hegel’s model, Marx analysed history wrongly and caused the very thing he believed he was curtailing. The workers encircled themselves in chains and embroiled themselves in a despotic theory.

Laurel and Hardy, Peter and Christopher Hitchens (sadly deceased) David and Young Nick.  Tony and Gordon. Rest my case.

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