• The word oxymoron is derived from the Greek for pointedly foolish (oxys = sharp/keen and moros = foolish). Oxymorons are extremely useful in written English because they can make effective titles, add dramatic effect, add flavor to speech, and can sometimes be used to achieve a comedic effect.

  • “I can resist anything, except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “I like a smuggler. He is the only honest thief.” – Charles Lamb
  • “And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.” – Alfred Tennyson
  • “Modern dancing is so old fashioned.” – Samuel Goldwyn
  • “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford
  • “I am busy doing nothing.” – Oxymorons
  • “A little pain never hurt anyone.” – Word Explorations
  • “I am a deeply superficial person.” – Andy Warhol
  • “No one goes to that restaurant anymore – It’s always too crowded.” – Yogi Berra
  • “We are not anticipating any emergencies.” – Word Explorations
  • “A joke is actually an extremely really serious issue.” – Winston Churchill
  • “I like humanity, but I loathe persons.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • “Always be sincere, even though you do not necessarily mean it.” – Irene Peter
  • “I generally advise persons never ever to present assistance.” – P.G. Wodehouse

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