Tuesday, September 26

Do you know Oxymoron?

I vaguely remember having heard that word before but I am absolutely unsure.

There I have uttered an oxymoron! (singular: oxymoron Plural:oxymora or oxymorons)

An Oxymoron is a combination of contradictory words like 'bad health', 'blank expression', 'growing small' and so on.

Oxymoron is a Greek term derived from oxy ("sharp") and moros ("dull"). The meaning is "that which is sharp and dull," thereby designating and also exhibiting an opposition between two adjectives which serve as predicates for one subject.

What distinguishes oxymoron from other paradoxes and contradictions is that they are used intentionally, for rhetorical effect, and the contradiction is only apparent, as the combination of terms provides a novel expression of some concept, such as "awfully pretty".

Oxymorons are not necessarily mistakes or errors. They make effective titles and appealing phrases, and some are meant to be humorous.

Courtesy: oxymorons.info and wikipedia.org

There I have hidden nothing! (smile)

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