It’s a great word isn’t it, and even sounds as if it could be used as an insult. haha.
Actually, an oxymoron is formed when two words combine to make a phrase which is true, yet seems also a paradox. Eg: ‘Invisible ink.
Other phrases, which play on the ambiguity of one of the words to comically highlight an apparent contradiction, are also included in this list although technically they are not oxymorons (or oxymora, as some still insist). Eg: ‘civil war’.
We use many of these phrases frequently and don’t stop to think of the paradox or contradiction the word combination implies. Language can be funny!
Anyway, these are the best I’ve found on my travels in the witty world of wordplay. I guess you use many of them yourself, I do!
Oxymorons are so ingrained in our speech that I bet there were a couple you had to ponder for a moment before the contradiction became obvious. 😉
Look for all my wordplay posts on:
Palindromes, Anagrams, Spoonerisms, Pangrams and the Oxymoron.