April 6, 2023, 5:59pm
I typed an email to a friend on Monday and saw what I’d written: “Have a
happy Monday!” I have to say, this is (to many of us) an oxymoron.
Definition of oxymoron:
a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction.
Mine is an example of an accidental oxymoron, but this figure of speech can be adroitly used for several purposes:
1. To demonstrate linguistic skill
2. To enhance drama
3. To create humor
4. To indicate irony
Let’s have some oxymoronic fun! Find one or make one–and enjoy!
“Bend it straight” is the one which I always remember.
“Terribly good” is probably the only one I can make up on the spot.
April 6, 2023, 7:55pm
Never heard “bend it straight.” Love it!
April 6, 2023, 7:55pm
Oooh–Yes, “almost exactly” and “deafening silence” are both terrific.
My favorites and staples in the New England area
I’ll take my hand off your face, meh
“there was a bomb found today (local high school) but no one was ever in danger”…
(true story from lips of Headmistress…a student had the bomb, and his pal had the accelerant. Thankfully, another student spoke up…this was in 2000)
Does “true story” strike anyone as an oxymoron? lol
“ true story “ that’s a good example. A story is either factual or fictitious for the entertainment of the reader.
April 9, 2023, 4:30pm
Great examples–both the story and the “true story.” (Although I think stories aren’t required to be false, are they, to qualify as stories?)
April 10, 2023, 10:17am
Can’t believe no one has brought up jumbo shrimp. Or military intelligence.
Can you explain the oxymoron about military intelligence?
April 10, 2023, 4:21pm
Yes, because we think of physical combat and military intelligence as opposites, yet they are combined in this case. Hope this helps.
Didn’t help because it doesn’t define oxymoron.
April 10, 2023, 9:44pm
I think oxymoronic thoughts are a little less specific than actual oxymorons, if I my form a theory. If you’re invoking what would normally appear to be two mutually exclusive concepts, then you’re in the realm of the oxymoronic. Did this shed any light or just further obscure enlightenment? (lol)
The interpretation level is only two concrete points, mine and someone else’s is but I was born enlightened.
April 11, 2023, 3:05pm
Maybe so, maybe no, but it’s on the list for oxymoron. Far be it for me to challenge a list. LOL
There’s a list ?
A good list or a bad list