Wednesday, April 28, 2010

WORD WEDNESDAY: OXYMORONS


I was straightening the music room today, going through stacks of music books and sheet music while trying to wreak a little tidiness out of havoc, when I ran across an old email from my sis-in-law, Tammy, that I'd printed out. Oxymorons! I love oxymorons! I decided then and there the list (or most of it, anyway) would be my Word Wednesday post.

Quick definition: An oxymoron is a combination of words that are often heard that don't actually make sense when you think about it. Here are some good ones:

  • Legally drunk
  • Act naturally
  • Found missing
  • Resident alien
  • Airline food
  • Amicable divorce
  • Government organization
  • Sanitary landfill
  • Small crowd
  • Soft rock
  • Butt head
  • Military intelligence
  • "Now, then..."
  • Clearly misunderstood
  • Peace force
  • Plastic glasses
  • Pretty ugly
  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Tight slacks
I'm happy to announce that what used to be my absolute, all-time favorite no longer is. Nearly twenty years of marriage to my DH has taught me that "marital bliss" is not always an oxymoron!

PS See the photo on the piano--bearded guy with long-necked mandolin (bouzouki), and mop-topped young thing with flute? I'm the mop top. Doesn't seem that long ago, at all.

3 comments:

Athena said...

I never stopped to consider that those were oxymorons- great list! Made me chuckle. :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Haha...those are pretty good!

TiLT said...

great list :)

I have seen some animals that could be described as non-oxymoron pretty ugly...in a good way...so ugly they are cute :)

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