Posted by: episystechpubs | September 18, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Oxymoron Friday

TGI Friday!

On Fridays, we like to have fun with words, so today I’m going to share some oxymorons with you. For those who don’t know, an oxymoron is a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings.

Some oxymorons are so common, we don’t even think about how the words oppose each other. Here are some common examples:

· Act naturally

· Deafening silence

· Final draft

· Freezer burn

· Industrial park

· Jumbo shrimp

· Larger half

· Old boy

· Open secret

· Original copy

· Pretty ugly

· Standard deviation

Some oxymorons are doublespeak:

· Genuine imitation

· Mandatory option

· New and improved

Some oxymorons are famous literary terms:

· Darkness visible (Milton)

· Hateful good (Chaucer)

· Melancholy merriment (Byron)

· Sweet sorrow (Shakespeare)

Some famous quotes are great examples of oxymorons:

· I am a deeply superficial person. (Andy Warhol)

· I distinctly remember forgetting that. (Clara Barton)

· You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap. (Dolly Parton)

· Always be sincere, even when you don’t mean it. (Irene Peter)

· I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible. (Oscar Wilde)

· I never said most of the things I said. (Yogi Berra)

· I can resist everything but temptation. (Mark Twain)

· The budget was unlimited, but I exceeded it. (Donald Trump)

And finally, Samuel Goldwyn (the movie producer) was famous for his humorous oxymorons. Here are a few:

  • A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
  • Include me out.
  • Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
  • Gentlemen, I want you to know that I am not always right, but I am never wrong.
  • If I could drop dead right now, I’d be the happiest man alive!
  • It’s more than magnificent—it’s mediocre.
  • I’ll give you a definite maybe.
  • If you fall and break your legs, don’t come running to me.
  • Our comedies are not to be laughed at.
  • I never liked you, and I always will.
  • The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying.
  • Tell them to stand closer apart.

I gathered most of these oxymorons from two websites. If you’d like to see more, visit the Oxymoronology and Your Dictionary websites.

Enjoy the rest of your day, and have a fabulous weekend!

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

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