What Are Some Humorous Oxymorons?


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"Absent presence," "beggarly riches," "devout atheist" and "definite maybe" are examples of oxymorons that are particularly humorous because the combination of words appear to be in direct opposition. The combination of the two seemingly incompatible words add nuance to our language.

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Oxymorons are especially humorous when each of the combined words is separately contradictory. Examples include "exact estimate," "actual reenactment," "loud whisper," "open secret" and "arrogant humility." Other amusing oxymorons consist of words that have multiple meanings, such as "anxious patient," "athletic scholarship" and "jumbo shrimp." Other humorous oxymorons include "paid volunteer," "original copy," "deafening silence," "negative growth" and "minor crisis."

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