What are your favorite oxymorons?

Last week I posted some Redundant Redundancies so this week I thought I'd post some more word fun with oxymorons. An oxymoron is defined as a figure of speech containing two normally contradictory words.  Here are some I found.  Please add yours!
  • Same Difference
  • Hot Ice (Stolen Diamonds)
  • Pretty Ugly
  • Deafening Silence
  • Sweet Sorrow
  • Silent Scream
  • Serious Humor (really funny)
Can you name some?  What are your favorite oxymorons?


  • BeckyJoie

    How about this New Englandese? “Wicked Good”.

  • Judy Bogdan

    Oh, this is fun but I can’t think of one!! I will think of them when I am trying to sleep tonight and then it will keep me awake! :P)

  • Laurie Neumann

    Oh, another one – “bittersweet.”

  • Laurie Neumann

    I remember “same difference.” That was big whe I was a kid:-)

    How about “almost exactly?”

  • jojosblog

    Thanks for contributing Felice! Now if you could write Teaching Math and Having Fun, THAT would be an oxymoron! lol

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