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I can be a hopeless optimist, or crookedly straight
My three beginnings are half of an eight
The rest of me works hard as a fool
I may be pretty ugly, but also nerdishly cool

Who am I?

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Oxymoron

I can be a hopeless optimist, or crookedly straight

'Hopeless optimist' and 'crookedly straight' are oxymorons - phrases with terms that contradict each other.

My three beginnings are half of an eight

oxy is half of oxygen, the element with atomic number 8. Also, three is not half of eight, making the statement itself a sort of oxymoron

The rest of me works hard as a fool

moron is another word for fool; "rest" also has another meaning that is incongruous with "hard work"

I may be pretty ugly, but also nerdishly cool

'pretty ugly' and 'nerdishly cool' are two more oxymorons (though, in this case, 'pretty' could be read as being used as an adverb, not an adjective, which would be a true oxymoron)

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  • $\begingroup$ @gamow lol, thank you - I don't know what happened that resulted in me not getting that part $\endgroup$ – question_asker Mar 15 '16 at 17:20
  • $\begingroup$ Nice. Also: "the rest of me works hard"... $\endgroup$ – Big Black Box Mar 15 '16 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ @BigBlackBox Oh, I didn't know that was also supposed to be solved. I'm having a hard time coming up with anything there at the moment. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Mar 15 '16 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ Also, Oxes work hard. Ox + moron = Hard working fool. $\endgroup$ – Riker Mar 15 '16 at 22:05
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    $\begingroup$ But 3 is half of 8: the right half if you cut it vertically $\endgroup$ – quintopia Mar 17 '16 at 18:04

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