Wednesday, June 25, 2008



An oxymoron (plural oxymorons or, more rarely, oxymora) is a 
figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms. 
Oxymoron is a loanword from Greek oxy ("sharp" or "pointed") 
and moros ("dull"). Thus the word oxymoron is itself an oxymoron.

Synthetic natural gas

Passive aggression

Taped live

Clearly misunderstood

Peace force

Extinct Life

Temporary tax increase

Terribly pleased

Computer security

Political science

Tight slacks

Definite maybe

Pretty ugly

Twelve-ounce pound cake

Diet ice cream

Working vacation

Exact estimate

Canned Fresh

Naturally Fresh

Plastic Glasses

Jumbo Shrimp

Gourmet Fast Food

Educational Television

Required Elective

Cold Sweat

Ill Health

Same Difference

Icy Hot

Responsible Government

Briefing (after a long meeting)

Aircraft Black Box (they are painted orange)

No Comment (is a comment)

This Page Intentionally Left Blank (but it isn't!)

"No one goes to Miami in the winter. It's too crowded."--- Yogi Berra

"We must believe in free will. We have no choice."-- Isaac B. Singer

"Anyone that goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head 
examined."--Samuel Goldwyn

" I always advise people never to give advice."--P.G. Wodehouse

"Half the lies our opponents tell about us are not true."--Sir Boyle Roche

"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."--Samuel Goldwyn
"I paid too much for it, but it's worth it."
"I never put on a pair of shoes unless I have worn them at least 5 years."

And my favorite from Mr. Goldwyn:

"If Roosevelt was alive he'd turn over in his grave."


Laura ~Peach~ said...

I so love oxymorons... they just crack me up and I am guilty of using them often!
Love this wednesday post!
HUGs laura

Karen Deborah said...

very good! witty witty!

mary said...

I love these! Oxymorons are a personal favorite of mine. You have a small and very cute blog fan - my three year old, Madelyn. I showed her the pictures you posted a few weeks ago of the eagle and the 3 bears. She sits in my lap everyday and asks to see them again and again. Please, please, don't ever delete them - I will be in big trouble!!!

LadiesoftheHouse said...

Don't worry Mary and Madelyn--the pictures are here whenever you want to take a peek! I am so glad you liked them!


Caution said...

This was a lot of fun. The quotes were great! (...but a couple of them took me a few seconds to get...)