Oxymorons/los oximoron

Discussion in 'Cultural Discussions' started by cuchuflete, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    If anyone is interested, we could begin the Official WordReference multilingual list of oxymorons, in whatever languages you please.

    Here's a beginning:

    Juegos de guerra/war games

    and one of my favorites:
    military intelligence

    and let us not forget... Honorarios legales razonables

    or Non-stop flight.

    What are your favorites?

    saludos,
    Cuchuflete
     
  2. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Pretty ugly.:eek:
     
  3. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Tax relief.
    Artificial life.
    Reality TV.
    Cat fish (etc) (not sure if that one counts as not completely opposite)
    Stress relief.

    Say, this is fun!!:D

    By the way, why does "non-stop flight" count? I´m guessing that you put this in because what else could a flight be but non-stop (unless you´re very unlucky:eek: ). This is tautological but not an oxymoron I think (I thought this was an apparent contradiction in terms). Could you please just provide a definition so we´re all on the same page.

    Great idea!
     
  4. OlivierG

    OlivierG Senior Member

    Toulouse, France
    France / Français
    I'd add a few, in French:
    guerre propre / clean war
    champagne californien / Californian champagne
    discrimination positive / positive discrimination
    riposte préventive / preemptive defense? (not sure about this one)
     
  5. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Thanks for the contributions and the question. To me an oxymoron contains contradictory words. As all flights must have at least one stop, the point of landing at a destination, 'non-stop' contradicts 'flight', which implies a point of take-off and a point of landing.

    I'll post some definitions, as that may help provoke more of this good wordplay.

    thanks,
    Cuchu

    PS- here's one that's not an oxymoron, but maintains the spirit...

    "There is no such thing as an excess of moderation." ;)
     
  6. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Definiciones [de oximoron.com]

    oxymoron [ɑ:ksi:mɔrɑ:n]Anoun
    1 oxymoron

    conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence') del diccionario de WR.

    Saludos,
    Cuchuflete
     
  7. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Ah yes, I see what you mean now, yes you´re absolutely right. I was reading it as "non-stopover flight" which would be tautological but not an oxymoron.:thumbsup:
     
  8. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Hola Tim,
    If one hangs around these pages long enought, it's almost certain that he will stumble across a tautologically redundant circumlocution! Perhaps with

    partial success

    cheers,
    Cuchu
     
  9. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Felizmente casados ???
     
  10. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    LOL tautologically redundant. Very clever:thumbsup:
     
  11. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    ¡¡Si tienes mujer espero que no leya eso!!
     
  12. VenusEnvy

    VenusEnvy Senior Member

    Maryland, USA
    English, United States
    Bitter sweet
    Unbiased opinion
    Clearly misunderstood
    Diet chocolate
    Virtual reality
    Silent scream
     
  13. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Actuar con naturalidad
     
  14. el alabamiano Senior Member

    Alabama
    dark shadows
     
  15. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Felicidades por los 500 caballero de Alabama!!

    Creacionismo científico
     
  16. vic_us Banned

    Argentina-Spanish
    Compassionate Conservatism
     
  17. Sev

    Sev Senior Member

    Béziers, France
    France, french.
    :D
    Other ones in French :
    croissance zéro (zero economic growth)
    mondialisation à visage humain (stg like : humanisitic globalization ?)
    silence eloquent (eloquent silence ? i think i'm wrong :confused: )
    armes non letales (non-killing weapons)

    Feel free to correct my translation mistakes :)
     
  18. el alabamiano Senior Member

    Alabama
    ¡gracias!

    perishable goods

    ¿dark shadows? :eek:
     
  19. Manuela Senior Member

    Canada-Alberta
    Italy -Italian/English
    This is my favourite:

    Secure job!!!

    As IF
     
  20. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    No hay de qué.

    Neo-retro

    saludos,
    C
     
  21. vic_us Banned

    Argentina-Spanish
    Tough love
    Managed care ethics
     
  22. Cath.S.

    Cath.S. Senior Member

    Bretagne, France
    français de France
    lumière noire (black light)
    (éteins la lumière noire, qu'on y voie plus clair!)
    (turn off the black light, so we can see more clearly!)
     
  23. vic_us Banned

    Argentina-Spanish
    Guerra santa

    (I still don't know what exactly an oxymoron is. I think that some of the examples we posed don't quite live up to the definition and we would need some true New Englander to sort things out. However, I find it more amusing and entertaining than the game between the Spurs 75 and Miami Heat 78 (fourth quarter at 8:30')! )
     
  24. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    A true New Englander was not born in Wisconsin, and is likely a Red Sox and Pats fan, so I certainly do not qualify. However, I am please to suggest that you read post #6 of this thread between foul shots.

    Cuchu

    Military Music
    Thundering silence
     
  25. vic_us Banned

    Argentina-Spanish
    Let me rephrase my question: Are all the examples that have been suggested oxymorons? Do all examples live up to the definition given above?

    I've always struggled with this word. The only way I could make sense of it before and even after reaching the stage of formal operations (Piaget) was by picturing a moron (I have always been surrounded by them) sitting on an ox.
     
  26. Paulina Senior Member

    Canada
    I ate yummy 'JUMBO SHRIMP' last week.

    He he.

    -Paulina
     
  27. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    je je Same Difference
     
  28. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    found missing
     
  29. Paulina Senior Member

    Canada
    <clearly misunderstood>

    -Paulina :)
     
  30. gaer

    gaer Senior Member

    Fort Lauderdale
    US-English
    My favorite:

    common sense

    Is there anything LESS common? If it were so common, wouldn't most people have it? :)
     
  31. Lancel0t

    Lancel0t Senior Member

    Philippines
    Philippines - Filipino/English
    bukas-sara / close-open
     
  32. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    old news
     
  33. Artrella Banned

    BA
    ARGENTINA Sp/Eng
    Tensa calma , los sonidos del silencio

    Quiet riot

    From Romeo and Juliet :arrow:

    "... Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
    O anything! O nothing first create!
    O heavy lightness! serious vanity!
    Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!..."


    "En la figura que se llama Oximoron, se aplica a una palabra un epíteto que parece contradecirla; así los gnósticos hablaron de una luz oscura; los alquimistas, de un sol negro...... "Jorge Luis Borges


    "Nella figura retorica chiamata ossimoro, si applica ad una parola un aggettivo che sembra contraddirla; così gli gnostici parlavano di una luce oscura; gli alchimisti di un sole nero” Jorge Luis Borges


    :idea: OriginalCopy
    :idea: DoctaIgnorantia (Sant'Agostino, Epistole 130,28)
    :idea: RandomOrder
    :idea: DolceAmaro
    :idea: RealtàVirtuale


    Bye!! ;) :p :)
     
  34. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Chaos theory.
     
  35. VenusEnvy

    VenusEnvy Senior Member

    Maryland, USA
    English, United States
    Butthead ??? :D
     
  36. Artrella Banned

    BA
    ARGENTINA Sp/Eng


    It seems so... :rolleyes: I've never thought of that word!!! :p
     
  37. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Family planning (not sure if that counts - I've put it because it means planning not to have one!)
     
  38. Cath.S.

    Cath.S. Senior Member

    Bretagne, France
    français de France
    prison ouverte
    liberté surveillée
    cité rurale
     
  39. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    tedious provocation
     
  40. ITA

    ITA Senior Member

    Buenos Aires
    argentina español
    M i preferido es:Gracias a dios soy atea
     
  41. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Live recording.
     
  42. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    up-to-date history
     
  43. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Sweet and sour (sauce)
     
  44. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    European union - oooh controversial....
     
  45. belén

    belén Ex-Moderator

    Spain
    Spanish, Spain, Catalan, Mallorca
    "Se me olvida recordártelo"
    Guerra preventiva????
     
  46. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Seriously funny.
     
  47. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    "he stared blindly"
    "the living dead"
    slightly fat
    Lieder ohne Worte
     
  48. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Motion picture
    Starvation diet.

    Has everyone else given up??
     
  49. vic_us Banned

    Argentina-Spanish
    True lies.
     
  50. VenusEnvy

    VenusEnvy Senior Member

    Maryland, USA
    English, United States
    "It's a definite maybe"
    Alone together
    Dry ice
    Freezer burn
    "Same difference" (Gosh, I say this too much . . . )
    Terribly good
    "Eyes Wide Shut"


    Apparently: Oxymoron. The word oxymoron is itself an oxymoron! It is derived from two Greek words: oxus meaning "sharp" and moros meaning "dull."

    :eek: :D :p
     

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