Posted by: episystechpubs | October 4, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Oxymorons (or Oxymora)

Today we’re taking a break from redundant phrases to have a look the oxymoron. No, I’m not talking about a stupid teenager with acne medicine on his face. An oxymoron (plural oxymora or oxymorons) according to our friends at Wikipedia is:

A figure of speech that combines contradictory terms. Oxymora appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as ground pilot and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal a paradox. The word oxymoron is from the Greek ὀξύμωρον, meaning "sharp dull."

I’ve included a few here for your viewing pleasure, along with some quotations and links to many more. Many of these manufactured oxymora are intended as funny commentary (such as “airplane food”) but I suppose it all depends on your perspective.

Have a great weekend!

· dark light

· living dead

· guest host (also: permanent guest host)

· mad wisdom

· mournful optimist

· violent relaxation

· baggy tights

· compassionate editor

· open secret

· act naturally

· found missing

· deafening silence

· clearly confused


· "I can resist anything, except temptation." – Oscar Wilde

· "Modern dancing is so old fashioned." – Samuel Goldwyn

· "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." – Henry Ford

· "No one goes to that restaurant anymore – It’s always too crowded." – Yogi Berra

· "Always be sincere, even though you do not necessarily mean it." – Irene Peter

More fun with oxymora here:




Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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