Oxymorons

I’m pretty sure this thought-nugget will be clearly misunderstood! If you missed it, I just used an oxymoron (“clearly misunderstood”)—a combination of contradictory or incongruous words. Unless used for dramatic effect or to add flavor to a speech, oxymorons make no logical sense. For example: definite maybe, pretty ugly, original copy, exact estimate, half pregnant, negative growth, all alone, living dead, found missing, (and in recent times) his husband or her wife. Religious and political oxymorons include: unbelieving faith, kosher pork, unforgiving Christian, Sunday Sabbath, Christian Yoga, rules of war, African democracy, United Nations. Can you think of more? “Let your yea be yea…” (Matthew 5:37; James 5:12) or yours is a truthful lie.—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim

 

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