Irish bull


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Irish bull

n.
A statement containing an incongruity or a logical absurdity, usually unbeknown to the speaker. "With a pistol in each hand and a sword in the other" is an Irish bull.

Irish bull

n
a ludicrously illogical statement. See also bull2
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Irish bull - obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
bunkum, guff, hogwash, buncombe, rot, bunk - unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
dirty word, obscenity, smut, filth - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
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Both axioms now appear to be wild Irish bull.' The site was never officially excavated, at least not at the time the book was published.
Their topics include Joyce and the rhythms of the alphabet, Joyce and Malory: a language in transition, "true-born Englishman" and the Irish bull: Daniel Defoe in the "Oxen of the Sun" episode of Ulysses, playing with matches: the Wake notebook and negative correspondence, an action-oriented approach to Joyce's reading notes, and a James Joyce digital library.
An Irish Bull is an apparently logical expression with a built-in inconsistency.
The Northern Irish bull was sold by Derek Hume of Randalstown to fellow Northern Irish breeder Alistair Graham, who runs the 60-cow Madden pedigree herd at Tandragee, County Armagh.
Wisdom takes two forms, he contends, the oracle and the aphorism, and he finds both as he surveys such manifestations as three infinities in Tennyson and Zeno, copy-speech and counter-love in Wordsworth and Frost, the Irish bull from Groucho Marx to Bernard Shaw, and changing the covenant from Delphi to Gettysburg.
But most importantly, Larry Brady stretches standard English and revises standard law--in short, he is what an English gentleman could mistake for an Irish bull:

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