Friday, December 23, 2005

Oxymorons

I guess this just popped up from one of those top drawers in my memory archives.
Our English teacher in school was fanatic about oxymorons. The example that he gave us was 'Sweet Death'. Not a pretty one to start with.

Oxymorons.info defines Oxymorons thus

An Oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words, such as 'Cruel Kindness' or 'Jumbo Shrimp' (Jumbo means 'large' while Shrimp means 'small').
It is a literary figure of speech in which opposite or contradictory words, terms, phrases or ideas are combined to create a rhetorical effect by paradoxical means.


Etymology

The word 'Oxymoron' is originally derived from the Greek elements: oxy = sharp and moros (moron) = dull (foolish). 'Oxymoron' is the singular form, and 'Oxymora' (or 'Oxymorons') is the plural form.

'Oxymoron' by itself, is an Oxymoron :)

Some of my favorites

Fuzzy Logic
Sure Bet
Beyond Infinity
Home Work
American English
Common Phenomenon

6 Comments:

Blogger Snehal said...

Oxymorons !!
I liked Common Phenomenon the best :)
Btw, nice blog you have got here !

Wed Apr 20, 06:23:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Arun said...

good one. i've read this in mails from wordsmith's anu garg. nothing wrong it reading in reading it again. goes into memory well.

Mon Dec 26, 12:27:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Jayan said...

@Arun : Half my English-relatd posts spawn out from Wordsmith's word for the day :)

Mon Dec 26, 01:38:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Your favorites are mine too.

American English....Very funny.!

Tue Dec 27, 02:29:00 AM 2005  
Anonymous spark said...

http://oxymoronica.com/ you should see this.

Fri Dec 30, 06:25:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Jayan said...

@Spark : that was a cool link. Am laughing my head off at some of the quotations !

Thu Jan 05, 12:59:00 PM 2006  

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