Wednesday, January 30, 2008

English Anomaly of the Week

1/30/2008

Why is Content the opposite of Contention?

Explanations are welcome.

5 comments:

The McMillans said...

Well, that is a good question, you would think that if someone was creating contention among others they would actually be creating a content situation YES??? No??/ That's good ole English fer ya.

Lois said...

AHHH! Now I'm going to be up all night thinking about this!

Becca said...

Where do you come up these thought provoking questions? I have tried several times to wrap me head around this one, but alas, I have no answer for you. But I am an expert on contention--"his turn is longer than my turn", "I don't want to clean" and "he just called me a jerk" just to name a few. So if you have questions about just contention, I would love to fill you in!

Anonymous said...

The term is used especially in networks to describe the situation where two or more nodes attempt to transmit a message (i.e., content) across the same wire at the same time. This term is also used for political squabble when two parties try to shove bull shit in eachothers direction at the same time. Either way you end up with nothing getting through.

rabidrunner said...

What you are speaking of sounds very much like asynchronous communication... and marriage!