Friday, April 24, 2009

Adventures with Words: Oxymorons #1

oxymoron |ˌäksəˈmôrˌän| noun

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

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Greek oxumōron, neuter (used as a noun) of oxumōros ‘pointedly foolish,’ from oxus ‘sharp’ + mōros ‘foolish.’

  1. open secret
  2. larger half
  3. clearly confused
  4. living dead
  5. alone together
  6. Hell's Angels
  7. found missing
  8. liquid gas
  9. deafening silence
  10. seriously funny
  11. freezer burn
  12. extinct life
  13. genuine imitation
  14. exact estimate
  15. only choice

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