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Today's Word "oxymoron"

oxymoron \ok-see-MOR-on, -mor-\ (noun) plural oxymora or oxymorons - A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.

"After three years of working on advanced BASIC under the discretionary rules of military intelligence and having no more than a fine mess to show for his efforts, Bryan decided that he must be in some sort of oxymoron hell."

Greek oxumoron, from neuter of oxumoros, pointedly foolish : oxus, sharp + moros, foolish, dull.


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