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#211598 - 07/04/13 10:30 AM Limits to contraction
I found this phrase in a financial news bulletin:
The European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged Thursday, maintaining accommodative policy as the euro zone struggles to pull itself together after nearly two years of contraction.
#211599 - 07/04/13 10:38 AM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: wsieber]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Yes, but what is funny in this?
*The act of contracting or the state of being contracted.
*A word, as won't from will not, or phrase, as o'clock from of the clock, formed by omitting or combining some of the sounds of a longer phrase.
*The formation of such a word.
*Physiology The shortening and thickening of functioning muscle or muscle fiber.
*A period of decreased business activity.
#211608 - 07/04/13 05:12 PM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: BranShea]
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
In the USA the phrase pull yourself together means to control your emotions so you can function, so I can see where the juxtaposition of phrases within "...to pull itself together after nearly two years of contraction" might be considered funny.
No? Oh well, I'll laugh anyway.
#211612 - 07/04/13 08:07 PM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: wsieber]
I just figured it was funny because contacting is already pulling together, no?_________________________
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#211615 - 07/05/13 01:31 AM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: wsieber]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Yes, I see, sorry wsieber. I didn't see it. :-) Sorry too this redundancy is a square reality.
#217324 - 06/26/14 07:53 AM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: wsieber]
Loc: Victoria, Australia
Sounds like tautology to me!!_________________________
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