Monday, December 22, 2014

Amazing Words: Oxymoron

Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.

This week my amazing word is:

OXYMORON








An oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words. Interestingly, oxymoron is an oxymoron. You see oxys means “sharp” or “smart” and moros means “foolish” or as the Greeks meant “pointed foolishness" a deliberate juxtaposing of seemingly contradictory words.


Examples:

(From Romeo and Juliet) “…cold fire, sick health!

However, an oxymoron can also be a combination of contradictory clauses.

(From Hamlet) “…I must be cruel, only to be kind.”


Further Examples:

Seriously funny
Awfully pretty
Foolish wisdom
Original copies
Liquid gas
The best form of attack is defense