Friday, April 07, 2017

You may well be an oxymoron

It's a wonderful word. When I hear it I think of my weird neighbor Al.

However, it's meaning is this: a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction.

So it's not a real clean moron. Here's more (trigger warning: it gets slippery here).
The term is first recorded as latinized Greek oxymōrum, in Maurus Servius Honoratus (c. AD 400); it is derived from the Greek ὀξύς oksús "sharp, keen, pointed" and μωρός mōros "dull, stupid, foolish", as it were "sharp-dull", or "clever-dumb" (or maybe better paraphrased as "pointedly incongruous", such that the word oxymoron is autological, i.e. it is itself an example of an oxymoron (the Greek compound ὀξύμωρον (oksúmōron) which would correspond to the Latin formation does not appear to have existed prior to the formation of the Latin term.
Since I'm fairly certain you didn't read that paragraph, I'm going to pull out the most interesting part for you. Pay attention:
The word oxymoron is autological, i.e., it is itself an example of an oxymoron.
Is that great or what?

Now we come to the part of the blog post in which we give examples.

open secretlarger halfclearly confused
act naturallyalone togetherHell's Angels
found missingliquid gascivil engineer
deafening silenceseriously funnyliving dead
Microsoft Worksmilitary intelligencejumbo shrimp
Advanced BASICtragic comedyunbiased opinion
virtual realitydefinite maybeoriginal copies
pretty uglysame differenceplastic glasses
almost exactlyconstant variableeven odds
minor crisisextinct lifegenuine imitation
exact estimateonly choicefreezer burn
free loveworking holidayrolling stop

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