Tuesday, August 08, 2006

" Elegant silence " or " eloquent silence " ?

If I am not mistaken, the silence once maintained by PM Abdullah over the allegations made against him by ex-PM Dr. Mahathir was originally described as "elegant" by, inter alia, former DPM Musa Hitam.

However, prime ministerial mindguard Brendan Pereira's New Straits Times today has changed it to "eloquent silence" (pp.1, 7). Is it a spelling confusion or new spin?

In any case, common sense suggests that when one is silent, he or she cannot be eloquent, or when one is eloquent, he or she cannot be silent. Isn't the expression "eloquent silence" as unintelligible as "static motion/movement", or "noisy quietness" ?

8 Comments:

Blogger magnee said...

Yes, it's an oxymoron. dictionary.com gives another example, deafening silence.

3:07 AM  
Blogger hamkachan said...

elegant ,eloquent,deafening silence does not matter.
what really matters at the end of the day is the end result.
the standard of english even among members of the press leaves much to be desired as a resukt of years of relegating english as a secondary language in preference to BM and we are all feeling the effects.
all this Q & A between TDM & AAB alttough deemed headlines are nothing but a side show and paintjob leaving the rakyat no wiser nor richer in the end,merely giving a sense os despair at the standards of government for the pass 22 years under TDM and for the future under AAB

6:25 AM  
Blogger Rockybru said...

oxymoron, yes. and he's a moron.

9:32 AM  
Blogger InMine said...

It is an oxymoron. But I think "eloquent silence" was used by Edward Everett in his Gettysburg Oration on 19 November 1863
http://douglassarchives.org/ever_b21.htm

10:04 PM  
Blogger Gerubuk said...

Bombastik, oh Mr. Fantastik,
Real creepy dip-shit stick!

A sham, a show, an utterly useles grab of scarce air-time.

And he wants us to give him more time - for what? To assist in the plunder, man!

Jatuh standard of living already ; now mahu kita semua jatuh maruah bersama ka?

Better the statement to the effect that one remain silent as if one are a fool than to open one's mouth to confirm to everyone that one is indeed a fool!!

Woe betide us all in dragging Malaysia ; where is the hope for progress? Where is the roadmap to V2020?

Duh:D

12:55 AM  
Blogger Gerubuk said...

Sorry, ada error : corrected as follows :-
Better the statement to the effect that one remain silent as if one is a fool than to open one's mouth to confirm to everyone that one is indeed a fool!!

12:59 AM  
Blogger fathi aris omar said...

James, that's what people label as "organised chaos" or in state of flux -- the permanent change. Some form of oxymoron or bombastic twist. I guess. Hehehe

10:40 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

It means a silence that speaks volumes.

8:19 PM  

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