Oxymorons

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:

Dry lake
Fuzzy logic
Living dead
Free gift
Numb sensation
Same difference, once again
Stand down
Metal woods (Golfers)
Books on tape
Crash landing (As a result of friendly fire from a peacekeeping missile?)
Detailed summary
Anarchy rules!
Park Drive (a street)
Stationary orbit
Jumbo shrimp, followed by vegetarian meatballs, and for desert, grape nuts.
Pretty uglyPunk music  (Live recording)
Civil servant
Gourmet pizza, served by a fast waiter.
Airline food
User friendly
Non-working mother
Microsoft Works on a Vista operating system
Political Co-operation (Political science)
Work party
Loners club
Labour Party (In UK the Conservative Party)
Silent women, at least not in married life
French resistance
Swiss navy
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
Head butt

Dan 88!

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