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an irony of Sophoclean proportions

 
 
Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 04:10 am
Does "an irony of Sophoclean proportions" mean "an irony of Perfect Standards" (because Trump says he's a very stable genius)?

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Mr. Trump has been the world’s loudest critic of prudent pandemic-control policy, and his contracting the disease that he dismissed as a threat even this week is an irony of Sophoclean proportions, whether or not it changes how voters think about him.

Source: NYTimes
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/02/us/politics/trump-biden-virus-campaign-2020.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
 
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 05:45 am
@oristarA,
It refers to the Greek tragedian, Sophocles.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophocles

A capital letter tends to signal a title or a name.
oristarA
 
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 06:14 am
@jespah,
I knew that before posting the thread.
What does Sophoclean proportions imply?
ekename
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 06:44 am
@oristarA,
Quote:
I knew that before posting the thread.
What does Sophoclean proportions imply?


Awry smile crossed my eyes wide shut up.

Sophoclean proportion is either heroically large or a brand of bleach injection.
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Tryagain
 
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 01:50 pm
Please accept my sincere condolences Jespah, for I know how much that red rosette meant to you.

I am sure the interjection by the one named Eke didn't disappoint by want of merit. Even though it's all Greek to me, I still think it's about a sophomore and clean ironing.
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 02:11 pm
@Tryagain,
No doubt!
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 02:46 pm
@oristarA,
I gather that the reference was more specific to Sophocles' character, Oedipus the King, and the fate he suffered due to his hubris.
oristarA
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2020 06:03 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

I gather that the reference was more specific to Sophocles' character, Oedipus the King, and the fate he suffered due to his hubris.


Right on. It involves the tragedy of Oedipus the King. That is why it is so sensitive.

Now take a look back at those replies, some questions begin to dissolve:
Would anyone like to make it clear?

ekename wrote:

Sophoclean proportion is either heroically large or a brand of bleach injection.

"heroically large" ===>>> Oedipus mistakenly killed his father.
"a brand of bleach injection" ===>>> Likening the idea of injecting bleanch to kill the novel coronaviruss to Oedipus blindingly marrying his mother.

I am not sure I've guessed it right.
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