What is an oxymoron?  What is its specific definition?  Let us take a look at our Webster Dictionary to get an exact definition.

Oxymoron-1.  a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g. faithful, unfaithful kept him falsely true).

Oxymorons are easy to mistake when speaking.  Since they contradict one another, the brain, if you have one like mine, can easily get confused.  For example, one of my favorite oxymorons is “awfully nice” which clearly contradicts one another in the meaning of the words.  I do this often, but so do many people who get their meanings crossed.

Oxymorons are common speech impediments where the two words don’t go together because they mean the opposite of one another.  I think one of the most ironic oxymorons is “awfully nice”, as your saying someone is awful and nice with the words right next to each other in a sentence and yet it is the most commonly used oxymoron out there.

An oxymoron  is also described as a rhetorical device that uses an ostensible self-contradiction to illustrate a rhetorical point or to reveal a paradox.  The use of oxymorons is more common than you might think, especially with people who are dyslexic and or think and use the opposite side of the brain when speaking.  This is not something I have researched but something I am assuming since using a double negative is common with dyslexia.

I know, regardless, I would use oxymorons without intending to since they are quite common.  What about you?  What are some of your favorite oxymorons?  Do you use them often as a part of everyday speech or as a slip up every once in a while?  Today, when you have a chance to leave comments beneath this post, where it says, “join the discussion”, share with us some of the more popular oxymorons you’ve used in the past.

I would really appreciate comments, a poem, or even a quote about oxymorons.  Thanks so much for reading today.

Samantha LeBoeuf/DWW

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