Oxymoron (edited)

The word “oxymoron” has nothing to do with stupid people that use Oxy-5 to get rid of their acne. No offense intended. Oxymoron is a figure of speech, and which could be an inadvertent error, too. 🙂

Look at this sentence:

  1. To apply for this job, you need the original copy of your exam transcripts.
  2. You don’t have to bring the unnecessary essentials to the workshop.

Can you spot the error?

Correction:

  1. To apply for this job, you need the original exam transcripts. (√)
    To apply for this job, you need a copy of your exam transcripts. (√)
  2. You don’t have to bring the unnecessary to the workshop. (√)

Therefore, oxymorons are contradictory words or terms. How could a copy of a document be original, for instance? 😀

If you’d like to know more about oxymorons, click here.

NOTE:
Oxymorons are allowed in literary works. So, it’s perfectly alright to say:

  • sweet sorrows
  • deafening silence

p/s:  Thanks to a blogger for pointing out some issues in the first version.

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Posted on March 18, 2010, in Word Power and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sir can you please repeat again one more time on this pretty ugly word called oxymoron? tQ hehe:P

  2. Supergeckolover

    They’re not all oxymorons.
    Actual and fact (can’t have actual fiction?) mean the same, therefore it’s a tautology. Likewise past = history (can’t have future history), repeat again (repeating twice?) and smiled happily (well you can smile unhappily, like in a forced smile, so that’s stretching it a bit).

    The only oxymoron is “original copy” as they are opposites.

    Definition : Tautology (rhetoric), using different words to say the same thing twice where the additional words fail to provide additional clarity when repeating a meaning.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not a teacher or English master!

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