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Oxymorons

Discussion in 'The Games Room' started by Dorset_Mike, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    Could be a source of amusement, post your own:-

    "Military intelligence"

    "Government thinking"
     
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    They may appear to be contradictions in terms but they aren’t oxymorons.
     
  3. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    So what would you class them as?
     
  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Well that went down like a lead balloon.
     
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Contradictions in terms. An oxymoron is a conjunction of opposites - e.g a "perfect mistake". Like the leaden balloon Catriona just described!
     
  6. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    A widely used example is "the same difference". Another might be "bittersweet".
     
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  7. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I don't think we have to go far to find them.

    Great Britain

    United Kingdom

    is enough.
     
  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Given the dictionary definition of an oxymoron includes the phrase ‘apparently contradictory Terms’ I think we can allow for a little flexibility in the fun and games room ;)
     
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  9. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Anyway

    fake facts
     
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  10. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That's a good one!
     
  11. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Old news
    Tram car
    Trolley bus
     
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  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Wasn’t there a film called “ true lies” ?
     
  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    When I get my vouchers from the Co-op I often wonder about Artificial Intelligence!

    Who said there's no such thing as a free gift?
     
  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    And how about the mother church with its priests called fathers?
     
  15. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Happily married.
     
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  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Haha!
     
  17. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Well-Known Member

    Except myth-busters managed to make a lead balloon that floats (indeed rises). They actually found their initial calculations made it too buoyant if just filled with helium so they ended up using a mix of air & helium.
     
  18. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Less is more
     
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  19. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    High-rise flats
     
  20. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    James Bond: Live and Let Die.
     

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