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:
- To apply for this job, you need the original copy of your exam transcripts.
- You don’t have to bring the unnecessary essentials to the workshop.
Can you spot the error?
- To apply for this job, you need the original exam transcripts. (√)
To apply for this job, you need a copy of your exam transcripts. (√)
- 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.
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.