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:
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.
(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.”
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