Oxygen, Oxymora and Oscars

Today’s post continues my series of vowel inspired stories. To make it similar in style to previous two posts, I will list some things associated to O.

O is a chemical symbol for Oxygen. But this is just in periodic table of elements. In nature we see oxygen mostly in the form of O2 – the friendly gas in the air that we breathe. Did you know that air contains only about 1/3 of Oxygen? The rest is Nitrogen, and of course some minor gases, like CO2 and Helium for example. Without Nitrogen in the air we would combust and incinerate like matches. Those of you who are gifted in Chemistry might also want to see some Oxides mentioned here, like Fe2O3 (a very useful magnetic compound in old Cassette tapes). Another Iron Oxide is known as rust. Oxygen is also “guilty” for many organic acids. Vinegar’s main compound (after water) is acetic acid (CH3-COOH).

For the fans of Twilight saga there is another important O, namely human blood type – the universal donor. O is also The Oprah Magazine, a magazine founded by Oprah Winfrey.

To move away to more relaxed stuff, there is a show at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada performed by Cirque du Soleil called simply O.

If I would be immigration officer and a Chinese/Japanese would show me his/her passport with only one letter last name – O – I would probably thought that whoever was falsifying the document ran out of ink.

O can also mean Zero. The first one that comes to my mind is Double O 7, a.k.a. James Bond.

To finish the introduction the same way, there is also triple O. Less known among general population is O3, special form of Oxygen, known is Ozone. Yes, the same Ozone layer that is becoming more and more scarce in upper atmosphere and causes some unpleasant radiation coming down to Earth. The last O3 is actually more known as O-o-O or Out-of-Office autoreply that you can set in Outlook if you are using an Exchange server for handling mails.

Oxymoron is a figure where contradictory terms are combined. Another simple explanation would be a “clever nonsense”. We use oxymora in our daily lives more often that we think. Let me give you a few examples that I found all over internet and combined in the list below:

1.       Advanced BASIC
2.       almost exactly
3.       alone together
4.       clearly confused
5.       constant variable
6.       deafening silence
7.       definite maybe
8.       elevated subway
9.       even odds
10.   exact estimate
11.   extinct life
12.   final draft
13.   found missing
14.   freezer burn
15.   genuine imitation
16.   Hell’s Angels
17.   jumbo shrimp
18.   larger half
19.   loyal opposition
20.   Microsoft Works
21.   military intelligence
22.   negative growth
23.   one-man band
24.   only choice
25.   open secret
26.   original copy
27.   plastic glasses
28.   pretty ugly
29.   random order
30.   rolling stop
31.   same difference
32.   seriously funny
33.   tragic comedy
34.   virtual reality
35.   working holiday


When writing about O-words, especially today, I cannot omit Oscars. Everyone is talking about them and the movies, actors and actresses that got this little statue bringing joy to their eyes and kaching to their bank accounts. I will only mention the candidates for best picture:

1.       Black Swan
2.       The Fighter
3.       Inception
4.       The Kids Are All Right
5.       The King’s Speech
6.       127 Hours
7.       The Social Network
8.       Toy Story 3
9.       True Grit
10.   Winter’s Bone


Let me finish today’s inspiration with a little story about Oscar nominees:

Black Swan was a big Fighter. Even after the Inception All our Kids Are quite Alright. I was really inspired by King’s speech that was written just 127 hours ago and was initially posted on Social Network as a bedtime Story for my 3 Toy kids. I can feel this Winter’s low temperatures to the very Bone, but nevertheless I have to go out and show my True courage, resolution and Grit.


About Sebastjan Brezovec

I see blogging as a welcome distraction from daily routine. It gives me freedom to express myself as well as motivation for some research before publishing the content.
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