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BS: Oxymorons

09 Jun 18 - 05:37 PM (#3930022)
Subject: BS: Oxymorons
From: Bonzo3legs

I heard a couple of good ones from Flossie Malavialle - "compulsory options" and "now then" !!


09 Jun 18 - 07:20 PM (#3930035)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Donuel

not an oxymoron but a word equation: Radicalism plus Time Equals Orthodoxy.


09 Jun 18 - 10:14 PM (#3930054)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Rapparee

Jumbo shrimp.
Bottomless hole.


09 Jun 18 - 10:22 PM (#3930057)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: frogprince

Military Intelligence
Virgin Islands


09 Jun 18 - 10:30 PM (#3930059)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: bobad

Married Life
Pretty Ugly


10 Jun 18 - 02:51 AM (#3930075)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Dave Hanson

One from the Mandolin Cafe about a stolen instrument, ' this mandolin turned up missing ' 2 nations divided by a common language or what ?

Dave H


10 Jun 18 - 04:03 AM (#3930080)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Jos

All those people who, when asked a question, begin their answer with 'Yes no'.


10 Jun 18 - 04:27 AM (#3930087)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Nigel Parsons

Rap,
I don't agree about "bottomless hole" being an oxymoron.
Although holes dug in the earth will normally have a bottom, other holes may go straight through to the other side of something. That makes it tautology rather than an oxymoron.

But, to add to the list:
Rap music (not aimed at the aforementioned poster)
Yes, I know that 'rap' usually has a backing track, but it tends to be the words, spoken in a monotone, which are being described by the term.

Original, improved (seen on a bottle of Nescafe coffee)


10 Jun 18 - 04:30 AM (#3930088)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Acorn4

Affordable Housing
Independent Financial Adviser
BBC News


10 Jun 18 - 04:55 AM (#3930090)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: DMcG

While "compulsory options" may sometimes be an oxymoron, it need not be. Imagine you are buying a car and have to option of it being black, white, red or blue. The option is real, but picking one of the colours is compulsory.


10 Jun 18 - 06:22 AM (#3930098)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Bonzo3legs

Oh yes it is!


10 Jun 18 - 06:32 AM (#3930099)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: DMcG

Having checked a couple of definitions, it seems one key factor is whether the terms are 'apparently' contradictory. This is a bit of a problem because it makes the oxymoronness in the eye of the beholder. So if you think of 'choice' as take it or leave it you get one answer, but if you think of it as 'select from alternatives' you get another.


10 Jun 18 - 06:49 AM (#3930100)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: fat B****rd

Ugly attractive


10 Jun 18 - 08:11 AM (#3930108)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Bonzo3legs

If it's good enough for family Christmas games, and therefore fun, it's good enough for me!!!!!!!!!!


10 Jun 18 - 08:33 AM (#3930110)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Steve Shaw

Careful as you cross the road - you don't want to be dead for the rest of your life...


10 Jun 18 - 11:09 AM (#3930117)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: DMcG

If it's good enough for family Christmas games, and therefore fun, it's good enough for me!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing to disagree with there!


10 Jun 18 - 12:48 PM (#3930139)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: gnu

Trump is an oxey moron.


10 Jun 18 - 01:53 PM (#3930150)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Steve Shaw

Bude virgins.


10 Jun 18 - 05:33 PM (#3930183)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Michael

Morris dancing?


10 Jun 18 - 05:35 PM (#3930184)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Steve Shaw

Rap music.


10 Jun 18 - 06:08 PM (#3930187)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Tattie Bogle

Tuning a banjo.


10 Jun 18 - 06:33 PM (#3930192)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Bee-dubya-ell

An oxymoron embedded in a single word: fastidious = fast + tedious

(Okay, it only really works if you say the words out loud instead of spelling them. And you still have to fudge a bit on pronunciation.)


10 Jun 18 - 09:25 PM (#3930203)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Joe_F

A charming oxymoron appears at the end of Kipling's "Ballad of Minepit Shaw":

I reckon there's more things told than are true,
And more things true than are told.

A > B and B > A? Ah, no.


11 Jun 18 - 12:02 PM (#3930308)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Donuel

George Wallace the comedian is a master of the oxymoron "said atives"

in his 'people say stupid things' jokes.


11 Jun 18 - 01:45 PM (#3930322)
Subject: RE: BS: Oxymorons
From: Jim Carroll

Couple of Irish favourites
"That's a definite maybe then"
Comment on a session
"Nobody goes there, it gets too crowded"
Jim Carroll