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    Wink Meaning of "Incongruity"

    Dear Teacher,

    What is the meaning of "incongruity"? Also tell me how and when to use it?

    Thanking you,

    Murli

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    Re: Meaning of "Incongruity"

    1.Lack of congruence.
    2.The state or quality of being incongruous.
    3.Something incongruous.

    incongruity - noun

    A marked lack of correspondence or agreement

    The noun incongruity has one meaning:

    Meaning #1: the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate

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    Re: Meaning of "Incongruity"

    Hello Murli,

    "Incongruity" is a word you will rarely hear in spoken English. I've certainly never used it. It is more likely to be seen in a scholarly article.



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    Fieldmouse

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    Re: Meaning of "Incongruity"

    Hello Murli, how are you?

    Here are some examples:

    1. He was struck by the incongruity of her remark.

    = her remark did not accord with the circumstances.

    2. The incongruity of his first name is exceeded only by the incongruity of a lawyer quoting the lyrics of Marilyn Manson. [Adapted from Google.]

    = his name does not match his personality; even more strangely, his quotations from songs by Marilyn Manson are not what you would expect from a lawyer.

    3. Incongruity is one of the main ingredients of humour. [Adapted from Emmett Kelly]

    = unexpected juxtapositions make us laugh.

    All the best,

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    Re: Meaning of "Incongruity"

    I'd be interested to know how often you use this word in conversation, Mr. P.





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    Fieldmouse


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    Wink Re: Meaning of "Incongruity"

    Thank You, MrP.

    I am fine. Hope you too.

    In one of your 3 examples you used the word " juxtapositions ". In Oxford dictionary it is wriiten "vehicles parked side by side". I am curious to know what does the meaning it conveys here. Could you please explain, MrP?

    " 3. Incongruity is one of the main ingredients of humour. [Adapted from Emmett Kelly]

    = unexpected juxtapositions make us laugh.

    All the best,
    MrP"

    Thanking you,

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    Re: Meaning of "Incongruity"

    Quote Originally Posted by Fieldmouse
    I'd be interested to know how often you use this word in conversation, Mr. P.
    Regards,
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    I feel I'm going to have to make a point of using it daily now...

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    Re: Meaning of "Incongruity"

    Quote Originally Posted by EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead
    In one of your 3 examples you used the word " juxtapositions ". In Oxford dictionary it is wriiten "vehicles parked side by side". I am curious to know what does the meaning it conveys here. Could you please explain, MrP?
    " 3. Incongruity is one of the main ingredients of humour. [Adapted from Emmett Kelly]
    = unexpected juxtapositions make us laugh.
    Hello Murli

    That's a very strange definition. Usually, "juxtaposition" means "the act of positioning of one thing next to another" or "the state of being placed next to another thing". Next-to-each-other-ness, so to speak.

    So "unexpected juxtapositions make us laugh" means "when two things are placed next to each other in a surprising way, it makes us laugh".

    Does that make it any clearer? I fear not...

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    Dear MrP.,

    Hope you are in good health.

    Yes. MrP. You made me clear. Thank you very much for taking pain for my sake.

    Murli

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