Fun with Oxymorons on a Thursday Silly Saturday

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two contradictory words are put side by side and makes good sense instead of nonsense.  Tomorrow is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross which is an oxymoron worth celebrating.  Here are some good oxymorons for your consideration.

alone together

silent scream

small crowd

terribly pleased

working vacation

sanitary landfill

legally drunk

new classic

virtual reality

sweet sorrow

passive aggressive

peace force

pretty ugly

exact estimate

act naturally

found missing

jumbo shrimp

clearly misunderstood

almost exactly

definite maybe

genuine imitation

same difference

act naturally

[PHOTO by south3rnman82 on]

While I am not sure if this is really an oxymoron or only just self-referentially inconsistent and ironic, this is nevertheless an amusing juxtaposition:


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to Fun with Oxymorons on a Thursday Silly Saturday

  1. Catherine says:

    I love the images. I think I will borrow it for our “Back From the Dead” presentation, on All Saints’ Day. And to think it’s not even Silly Saturday. I guess Happy Thursday. Smile.

  2. annette says:

    those were awfully good!

  3. Kristen O'Sullivan Harrison says:

    I found today’s blog invigoratingly relaxing to read. 🙂

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