OXYMORON or synoeciosis (Gr. "pointedly foolish"; Lat. contrapositum)
- PARADOX. E.H.B. // New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics;1993, p876
The article presents a definition of the term PARADOX. A daring statement which unites seemingly contradictory words but which on closer examination proves to have unexpected meaning and truth ("The longest way round is the shortest way home"; "Life is death and death is life"). The structure of...
- JUMBO SHRIMP and Other OXYMORONS. // World Almanac for Kids;2000, p108
Something jumbo is very large. A shrimp is very small. So what's a jumbo shrimp? It's an oxymoron, a pair of words that seem to contradict each other, or just look silly together. Here are some oxymorons you may come across.
- Oxymoron. // OfficePro;Mar2007, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p6
A definition of the term oxymoron is presented. The Greeks coined the term to deliberate juxtaposing of seemingly contradictory words when they classified the elements of rhetoric or effective speech and writing. The word oys means sharp or keen and the word moros means foolish. The term was...
- Oxymoron: A Contradiction That Isn't. Pattillo, John L. // Vocabula Review;May2007, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p1
The article discusses the contradictory concepts of "oxymoron." A phrase "a deafening silence" is an example of the term which shows the figure's aspects including two terms, seemingly opposite, when joined harmonize to make an ingenious point, epigram or image. It is stated that the writers and...
- Inside the Moon. // New Moon;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p47
Presents several figurative phrases that use the word green.
- Good Grief! Lederer, Richard // Vocabula Review;Dec2010, Vol. 12 Issue 12, p1
The article offers the authors insights regarding the definition and examples of oxymoron. The author says that an oxymoron is a type of figures of speech, in which two ironical and contradictory terms are put together. He states that the two-word paradox starts to appear suddenly everywhere if...
- THE OXYMETAPHOR--Paradoxical Superstar. Gozzi, Jr., Raymond // ETC: A Review of General Semantics;Summer99, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p211
Provides information on oxymetaphor, a combination of metaphor and oxymoron. Definitions; Explanation on several examples of oxymetaphors.
- Good Grief! Rafenstein, Mark // Writing;Feb/Mar2000, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p24
Offers a look at oxymorons and on the prevalence of their use in every day language. Examples of oxymorons; How to incorporate oxymorons into personal writing.
- The contribution of Herrero Ruiz�s Understanding Tropes to the interplay between Cognitive Linguistics and Pragmatics: A critical review. Fuertes-Olivera, Pedro A. // Review of Cognitive Linguistics;2010, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p207
This article attempts to give a critical review of Javier Herrero Ruiz�s Understanding Tropes. At a Crossroads between Pragmatics and Cognition. It evaluates the book in view of the available literature dealing with the trend towards empiricism adopted by Cognitive Linguistics. It also focuses...