Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
Oxymorons... words that mean the opposite of each other
An oxymoron is a figure of speech that uses two words together that have, or seem to have, opposite meanings
A good example of an oxymoron comes from the debut album by English rock band Oasis, which is named ‘Definitely Maybe’. 
 
Almost exactly
Alone together
Clearly misunderstood
Minor catastrophe
Pretty ugly
Small crowd
Working vacation
Jumbo shrimp
Open secret
Seriously funny
Original copies
Virtual reality
Paid volunteers
Exact estimate 
Deafening silence

These words may mean the opposite, but the terms (the two words) are used by native English speakers and we often use the terms (the oxymorons) as having a real meaning .


Jun 12, 2020 3:27 PM
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Thank you for sharing. Very helpful 😊
June 16, 2020
Anni... Glad you found these helpful.

Behnam... Your example of "cruel kindness" is a perfect example of a common oxymoron.... thank you.
The expression "tough love" is similar. It means that someone is being very strict with another person because they love them so much... like a father who is very strict with his children.

Muhammad... You are right, oxymorons are used in poetry and for emphasis. But they are also used by native English speakers as simple expressions.

Антон... Those are unusual expressions/phrases. They are not oxymorons, but they are funny... thanks

July 24, 2020
This is really unreal, Richard. I love it. That tickles my brain. Upon a time I had tried to collect internet user nicknames based on the phenomenon, like:
The Lord of the Strings (Underpants)
The Creator of the Poop Sheets
The Tamer of Pussies
July 24, 2020
oxymorons are very common in poetry, but I don't why poets use contradictory words. Maybe for emphasizes . I would love to hear from you sir
July 24, 2020
I like your topic, thanks.
The other oxymoron is "cruel kindness ".
Sometimes parent need to be cruel to behave well their children. For example not allow them to play video game for many hours.
July 24, 2020
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Richard-Business Eng
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English, French
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