Writing Topics: oxymoron

What are your personal oxymorons? (Yeah, yeah, “oxymora” for you pedants out there)

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] Reading another blogger’s post on irony and paradox, I was reminded of a particular type of paradox: the oxymoron. An oxymoron is defined as “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction”. The most commonly cited example seems to be Tennyson’s “faith […]

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Seven pernicious euphemisms of the current financial crisis

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] Shares – down. House prices – down. Commodities – down. But there’s one market that’s booming: the market for disingenuous financial euphemisms.

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