justusforus Posted August 25, 2013 Report Share Posted August 25, 2013 An oxymoron is paired words or a phrase that has seemingly contradictory meanings when the words are examined separately. Many think of "jumbo shrimp" or "pretty ugly". There are simple oxymorons that may be funny (jumbo=very large and shrimp=tiny or small) but many have an underlying social or political commentary underlying the analysis. Some examples include "military intelligence" and "deafening silence". Some are not true oxymorons, but "civil servant" is an example that is sometimes used in criticism of government employees (neither civil nor willing to serve). I would welcome your favorite oxymoron and any "translation" you feel is required. Think hard! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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