Oxymorons

I’m pretty sure this 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. Examples: Definitely maybe, pretty ugly, original copy, exact estimate, half pregnant, negative growth, and living dead. Religious and political oxymorons include: unbelieving faith, kosher pork, unforgiving Christian, Sunday Sabbath, joyful noise, Christian Yoga, rules of war, honesty in politics, 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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