For anyone who doesn't know what an oxymoron is, it's rhetorical figure of speech in which contradictory terms are paired, for example, alone together, current history or boneless ribs. However, with an oxymoron the incongruous word pairing conveys a truth or a dramatic result, often in a humorous way.
Here are a few examples:
Same difference, once again
Metal woods (Golfers)
Books on tape
Crash landing (As a result of friendly fire from a peacekeeping missile?)
Park Drive (a street)
Jumbo shrimp, followed by vegetarian meatballs, and for desert, grape nuts.
Pretty uglyPunk music (Live recording)
Gourmet pizza, served by a fast waiter.
Microsoft Works on a Vista operating system
Political Co-operation (Political science)
Labour Party (In UK the Conservative Party)
Silent women, at least not in married life
Greater Cleveland (In UK - Greater Manchester)
California style (Californians have no style)
A stripper's dressing room
Click the start button, and shut down
First strike defence
Former President-for-life (Haiti)
Alone in a crowd
Xenophobic Foreign Secretary (Xenophobic = hates strangers)
Personalized form letter
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!
Always remember you're unique...just like everyone else!
An oral contract isn't worth the paper its written on