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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

It's Called an Oxy, Moron!

Everyone knows what an oxymoron is, right? No, it isn't a really big dumb guy. It's a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory words.

A classic oxymoron is a term with an inherent contradiction. Examples of this would include "awfully nice," "resident alien," "a fine mess," "new tradition," "virtual reality," or "sweet sorrow."

Over the years, however, the definition of oxymoron has evolved to include terms or phrases that aren't really oxymora at all. That is, they do not necessarily have an inherent contradiction, but are employed mostly for humorous or editorial purposes. Examples of this would be "active retirement," "Great Depression," "politically correct," "honest lawyer," "military intelligence," or even "Thank God I'm an Atheist."

Here are the current top 20 according to
  1. Microsoft Works
  2. Healthy Tan
  3. Jumbo Shrimp
  4. Work Party
  5. Dodge Ram
  6. Virtual Reality
  7. Tax Return
  8. Working Vacation
  9. Head Butt
  10. Pretty Ugly
  11. Peace Force
  12. Tight Slacks
  13. Plastic Glasses
  14. Taped Live
  15. Same Difference
  16. Living Dead
  17. Silent Scream
  18. Personal Computer
  19. Alone Together
  20. Government Organization
Check out the web site and see if you can think of any that didn't make the list.

One of my all-time favorites: "Scandinavian cuisine." But I'll probably save that one for a future post.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Scandinavian cuisine?! That's on the list? That's hilarious! you got me in the mood for Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes. Mmmm...

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