“I am a deeply superficial person.” Andy Warhol
– a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings
– a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness)
The roots of the word oxymoron are from Greek words oxys sharp, keen + mōros foolish
Merriam Webster goes on to say that the first known use of the word oxymoron was in 1657.
A visual oxymoron example is someone wearing shorts with a sweater.
An oxymoron is a figure of speech which deliberately uses two contradictory ideas to make a statement. The oxymoron is a very popular figure of speech and is found in lots of everyday phrases and expressions. They can also use oxymorons to emphasize certain qualities or ideas, or even to confuse the reader.
Oxymorons provide an opportunity for a play on words that when delivered is meant to be humorous, such as military intelligence.The oxymoron is a favorite device used by many an artist and wit to add humor or irony or both. It is also used to create puns.
“I never said most of the things I said.” Yogi Berra
“Of course, I can keep secrets. It’s the people I tell them to that can’t keep them.”Anthony Haden-Guest
“She used to diet on any kind of food she could lay her hands on.” Arthur Baer
“I distinctly remember forgetting that.” Clara Barton
“You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.” Dolly Parton
“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.” Banksy
An oxymoron is a figure of speech which deliberately uses two contradictory ideas to make a statement. The oxymoron is a very popular figure of speech and is found in lots of everyday phrases and expressions.