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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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Don’t follow the crowd

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] I’m worried that the word ‘after’ will soon be extinct. I don’t know if it’s that writers have suddenly developed a mistrust of the word – or if I’ve just become attuned to their increasing preference for the cumbersome ‘following’.

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