Oxoplasm, he said, might be defined as a term describing very pretentious talk.
The symbol of the society is a bull.
The Oxometrical Society was formed at Sydney University in 1942. A society of the same name exists in London.
Only two other doctorates have been awarded outside the University itself.
Music critic Neville Cardus, whose address on the ‘Oxometrical Aspects of Moronology’ was a highlight of the society’s annual dinner in March, was made a doctor and also received the Order of the Golden Horn.
A doctorate was conferred on actor Arundel Nixon after a debate on Wowserism at the University.
The letter to poets McAuley and Stewart ‘commends the impartial attitude observed in conducting your investigation of the oxogenic structure of some contemporary poetry.’
Signing it, the president lists his degrees as B.Sc.. B.E. (Syd.), D.Sc. (Oxom.).