July 30, 2009

Oxymorons

The wiki says, "An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms. They appear in a range of contexts, from inadvertent errors such as extremely average, to deliberate puns like same difference, to literary oxymorons that have been carefully crafted to reveal a paradox".
Having explained what an oxymoron is, these are my top 50 oxymorons... Enjoy!
50. Act naturally 49. Found missing 48. Resident alien 47. Advanced BASIC 46. Genuine imitation 45. Airline Food 44. Good grief 43. Same difference 42. Almost exactly 41. Government organization 40. Sanitary landfill 39. Alone together 38. Legally drunk 37. Silent scream 36. American history 35. Living dead 34. Small crowd 33. Business ethics 32. Soft rock 31. Butt Head 30. Military Intelligence 29. Software documentation 28. New York culture 27. New classic 26. Sweet sorrow 25. Childproof 24. "Now, then ..." 23. Synthetic natural gas 21. Passive aggression 20. Taped live 19. Clearly misunderstood 18. Peace force 17. Extinct Life 16. Temporary tax increase 15. Computer jock 14. Plastic glasses 13. Terribly pleased 12. Computer security 11. Political science 10. Tight slacks 9. Definite maybe 8. Pretty ugly 7. Twelve-ounce pound cake 6. Diet ice cream 5. Rap music 4. Working vacation 3. Exact estimate 2. Religious tolerance 1. Microsoft Works

8 comments:

R Swaminathan said...

What about "marital bliss" ? I thought that sounds like a pretty good oxymoron !

Raji said...

Brilliant, easily one of the best, makes it to the top 10 straight away:-)

narendra shenoy said...

Enjoyed this! And LOL @ R Swaminathan's comment!

narendra shenoy said...

BTW, one which is very commonly used here is "Original Copy"

Raji said...

That's very good, at this rate, I need to rework my top 50:)

Meena said...

To have the wife agree to your point of view is bliss .What do you say Swami ?

Raji said...

Oh yes, Meena, 'marital bliss' will have the dubious distinction of being a good oxymoron and tautology:)

rajesh said...

Good one Swamy...another oxymoron I'm sure the ladies would like... Disposable Income J