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Post by Archived Topic » Wed Mar 24, 2004 6:17 am

I am trying to find out where the word oxymoron originated - my daughter is doing a speach for her elementary school - she has the definition, some examples but cannot find out where this originated.
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Mar 24, 2004 6:46 am

OXYMORON: a combination for epigrammatic effect of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness, laborious idleness)

Etymology:Greek oxymoron, from neuter of oxymoros pointedly foolish, from oxy-, sharp, acute, pointed + moros dull, foolish (as in moron0

(Merrian Webster's Unabridged Dictionary)
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Mar 24, 2004 7:01 am

and i thought it was a dumb guy with an oxygen mask on
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Mon Jan 03, 2005 7:44 am

I know it has been posted before, but this site is good!!

://www.fun-with-words.com/oxym_oxymoronology.html


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