The Greatest Oxymorons In The English Language

Image used under a Collective Commons License from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/47619880@N04/4420456374An oxymoron is a figure of speech that contain words that appear to contradict each other. It’s often referred to as a contradiction in terms.

As with other rhetorical devices, oxymorons are used for a variety of purposes. Sometimes they’re used to create a little bit of drama for the reader; sometimes they’re used to make a person stop and think, whether that’s to laugh or to wonder.

The above definition of an Oxymoron was taken from yourdictionary.com.

  1. Government Worker
  2. Legally drunk
  3. Exact estimate
  4. Act naturally
  5. Found missing
  6. Resident alien
  7. Genuine imitation
  8. Original copy
  9. Airline Food
  10. Good grief
  11. Government organization
  12. Sanitary landfill
  13. Alone together
  14. Walking dead
  15. Small crowd
  16. Business ethics
  17. Soft rock
  18. Butt Head
  19. Military Intelligence
  20. Sweet sorrow
  21. Rural Metro (ambulance service)
  22. “Now, then …”
  23. Passive aggression
  24. Clearly misunderstood
  25. Peace force
  26. Extinct Life
  27. Plastic glasses
  28. Terribly pleased
  29. Computer security
  30. Political science
  31. Tight slacks
  32. Definite maybe
  33. Pretty ugly
  34. Rap music
  35. Working vacation
  36. Religious tolerance
  37. Act naturally
  38. Bittersweet
  39. Only choice
  40. Microsoft Works

Yes the last one is really appropriate! After all these years, many people and companies still struggle to make Microsoft software work.


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