1.an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.
2.the state of being close together or side by side.
1655–65; < F < L juxtā side by side + F position position
Yesterday I had the oddest conversation about how I could not be an artist because I work in a law office. It wasn’t the normal all artists must be flakes, drink, have loose morals etc. It had everything to do with how they saw lawyers and law offices, or rather how they wanted the law and lawyers to be. Our office deals with a lot of family law, and there are a lot of grey areas, because each individual situation is different. He wanted it to be black and white, and therefore I should be black and white. I really dislike being put into a box, but it got me thinking about contrasts, the unexpected, and stereotypes.
I did not come up with any profound conclusions, but they did inspire today’s fractal.
juxtaposition. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/juxtaposition (accessed: November 25, 2009).