Even the word oxymoron is oxymoronic itself. Let me explain. The word is derived from two Greek words. The first, "oxys" means sharp while the second word, "moronos" means dull or stupid. This is to say that both parts of the word are contradictory in nature. A "minor crisis" is a phrase that we often use and is a prime example of an oxymoron. Only choice is another common oxymoron that, when broken down, shows contradiction. Do you have a choice, meaning two or more, options or is there only one? It isn't a choice if you have only one, right? You get the idea.
Here's a list of some of my favorite oxymorons.
How many of these terms do you use regularly? I bet you can think of am bunch more, as well. Oxymorons are difficult to understand for those who are just learning English. But once English students become fluent, it's easy for them to recognize oxymorons for the figure of speech that they are. As the textbook author Richard Watson Todd said, "The true beauty of oxymorons is that, unless we sit back and really think, we happily accept them as normal English."
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