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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


An oxymoron [ok-si-mohr-on] is a figure of speech that uses a phrase or expression that seems self-contradictory.  For example:

awfully good

pretty ugly

sweet sorrow

strangely familiar

 good grief

real phony


random order

are all oxymorons.  (If you are interested in seeing more, check out the Oxymoron List website.)

What are some of your favorite oxymorons?  

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