O is For Opposite Marriage

Opposite Marriage – The PC way to specify the legal union of a man and a woman, as made popular by Miss California at the 2009 Miss USA pageant.

I got this from the Urban Dictionary, a treasure trove of weirdness. The term was endorsed by Miss California in an attempt to begin a movement to give rights to heterosexual couples.

Bob: “Hey did you hear Miss California’s speech last night?”

Mary: “Yeah! Maybe opposite-sex couples will finally have the same rights as everyone else! Maybe we can finally have an opposite marriage and express our true love!”

Actually, after writing this, I’ve decided that the Urban Dictionary is not a treasure trove after all, it’s a junk pile. But I’m going with Opposite Marriage. I already spent too much time on another “O” word–“Ostranenie: the artistic technique of presenting to audiences common things in an unfamiliar or strange way, in order to enhance perception of the familiar”–but I couldn’t get a handle on it. The personal example I had in mind was too obscure, so I hit the Urban Dictionary at the last moment. Hey, at least Opposite Marriage is a conversation starter, or stopper.


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