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My Favourite OXYMORONS

Updated on May 5, 2013

What is an oxymoron?

The English language is a funny old thing, sometimes. It seems to have its roots in Latin, Anglo-Saxon and possibly more of our ancient languages.

Once in a while a certain word just makes me smile. Oxymoron is one of those words. The first time l overheard someone use this word, when l was a child l wondered who was the adult calling a moron?. It didn´t seem a very polite thing to say about anyone. l knew other children who meant somebody very stupid if they called the child a moron.

So forget moron oxymoron has nothing to do with being stupid. In fact they can be very funny.

Oxymoron : Figures of speech usually two words in the same sentence that contradict themselves. Some of my favourite examples are listed below.

Open Secret................. Surely if something is ópen´it´s no longer a secret.

Found to be missing.................. This one drives me potty. Often heard on the news ...The husband arrived home to find his wife missing. If he found her, she´s no longer missing , right?

Deafening silence ............ wonderful expression but going to a rock concert is deafening. Silence certainly isn´t.

Pretty Ugly..................Need l say anything???

Extinct life.............This is another great oxymoron. Dinosaurs are extinct. If they are alive , please let me know so l can run the other way,.

Definite Maybe ................. This one is an expression that l grew up with , it just meant yes l´ll be there unless something more important turns up.

l´ll be there now, in a minute..................possibly not a true oxymoron but an Aunty Kate expression that always confused me. Did she mean she was coming right now, or did l have to wait a minute?

More often than not.´l´ll be there now in a minute meant she would appear at anything from 5 minutes to ten minutes after, the l´ll be there now.!

The Living Dead..... Are we talking Zombies here? Films of Zombies seem to think they are dead people still living., always wearing ragged torn cloths.

Since most people are buried in their Sunday best l often wonder why these risen zombies always look so scruffy.

People who believe they see spirits of someone who´s died must really see something, l´m sure, but it   certainly cannot be the living dead .(This train of thought could lead to all sorts of discussions about life after death, the spirit world and demons, but that´s not for this hub.) Either a person is alive or he or she is dead. Simple.

Well simple to me when l just want to look at funny oxymorons.

Yes l realise it is close to Easter and the most famous person to seem to be the living dead is Christ risen after 3 days in the tomb., but he wasn´t dead after those 3 days was he?. God raised him up, back to life, and he soared into Heaven after 40 days to live with other spirit creatures. So back to oxymorons, even the word itself makes me smile.

It seems that even the great writer William Shakespeare enjoyed his oxymorons.

In the play Romeo and Juliet, He has Juliet saying.... ¨Parting  is such sweet sorrow......¨¨Nothing sweet about sorrow is there?. It hurts.

There are so many oxymorons in the English language. All quite acceptable. That´s English for you. If you have any favourites l´d love to hear them.......


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    6 years ago from Great Britain

    Like your sense of humour.

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    Ima Jurk 

    6 years ago

    "Oxymoron" would be pretty funny and my favorite except I never knew an ox who wasn't a moron, so it fits, thankyouverymuch!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    l´ll do my best, anxelika. Does it have to be about dreams ? Or can l write about a different subject?.

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    7 years ago

    i like read a book

    can you writte one book a short


    i like a read a book but i not have much time

    I would like if you would write a story or a book if you can Make

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for the comment MT There a few ýoung´expressions that drive me barmy also. The worst has to be ¨¨Innit?¨¨

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    Linda Rogers 

    7 years ago from Minnesota

    What a creative, fun and interesting hub, Dim Flax. This isn't really a oxymoron but here is the newest thing in our language that drives me nuts. It seems when I am having a conversation with the younger generation and I bring up something that gets them going, they say: "I Know, Right?" I think this is more of a redundant statement. I think to myself, am I supposed to respond to this comment, even though I already said what I had to say. UUGGHH!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    What a lovely compliment. Thank you.

  • D.A.L. profile image


    7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

    Hi really entertaining hub done in your unique style.Thank you for sharing.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi there Eiddwen,

    Thanks for pushing all my buttons, so

    to speak,

    Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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    7 years ago from Wales

    Brilliant so thank you so much for sharing.Ipush all the buttons here.

    Take care


  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Colin you are a gem. Thank you so much

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    7 years ago

    ...yes I also use a few oxymorons in my work from time to time - lol - like 'military intelligence' - 'jumbo shrimp' - 'Colin's love life' - hey how did that last one get in there - lol lol - too much information - lol yes I really love this hub subject because it was different and fun but yet informative - and did I tell you that I just had a beautiful woman come and visit me and she left a 'marathon' of great comments - and I think the world of her anyway and she has been my buddy almost right from the beginning of my time at the Hub - and I always sincerely wish her health and happiness - hey guess what I'm talking about you!!!!!!!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    wow! Fay. thank you very much. l love them too.l enjoyed writing it.

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    Fay Paxton 

    7 years ago

    I love oxymorons! Voted up/awesome and bookmarked

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you D.William for reading and commenting. l´m sure l would find the hub you mention very funny

    Maybe one of us will come across it.. Take care,

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Tony. Love that one. Haven´t heard it before,.

    Thanks for gracing my page,

    love and peace as always


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    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks Sunnie. always glad to see you on my page.

  • d.william profile image


    7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    Good hub. Funny. I read this other one from another hubber that had at least a hundred of them (oxymorons), each one funnier than the one before. I wish i could remember who it was, you would get quite a kick out of it. dw

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    Tony McGregor 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    Good one, Dim! One of my favouriotes is "military intelligence! LOL!

    Love and peace


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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    Hello Dim,

    This was really good! The one that always got me was "Definitely Maybe"! HUH??? Just say No or Yes!!lol

    You brought up some good ones I had forgot.

    Thanks for sharing,



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