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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

O is for: Oxymorons!

No, Peanut Gallery, I'm not calling anyone names.  Today I want to chat about some expressions out there that don’t make a whole lot of sense (to me, anyhow):

Great Depression, Good Grief?   What is so great about depression or good about grief?   Silent Scream goes hand in hand with Deafening Silence, and  how about Crash Landing?  Did you crash or did you land? Make up your mind!

Tight Slacks?  Taped Live?  A Fine Mess?  An Authentic Replica or Genuine Imitation?   What about Sweet Sorrow, Terribly Pleased, or Clearly Misunderstood!

Now these:   Alone Together  or  Alone in a Crowd!  A Small Crowd?   or, She’s Awfully Pretty,  a Little Pregnant and Certainly Unsure of herself!

What about, Minor Crisis, Pretty Ugly, Found Missing, the Larger Half!      Yikes, what are we saying??? 

What do you get when you orderJumbo Shrimp?

ask for an Exact Estimate,  research Extinct Life,      or make a Deliberate Mistake?
I’m going to sign off now… I am soooooooooo confused!!

I’m leaving you with some very wise words, credited to Wendell Johnson:  “Always and Never are 2 words you should always remember never to use!”

Better Be a Little “S” than a Little Less !   Less is More??


  1. Those are good oxymorons!

  2. Thank you Ruth! Got a good kick out of them myself! The English language is totally amazing... and entertaining!
    Cheers, Sylvie

  3. I don't really know if it's a oxymoron but your text reminds me of the expression "Going nowhere fast".

    Many of the oxymorons you mention still make sense to me; most of them are logically absurd!!! ;)

    1. «logically absurd», I love it :)

  4. i tried one on a blog yesterday--but they said it was "well, bad" haha

  5. Never say never. . .we could have a lot of fun with this as well.

  6. Your blog is a bottomless pit of expressions! ;)

    (Your french sister trying out an oxymoron?)

  7. excellent post, loved and laughed through most of it.

    visiting from a to z