working you into a lather

Runner

 

– 4 May 2014 –

Happy Sad-day. Moon-day? OK, Sunday.

It’s an oxymoronic kind of day, here in the Land of Cleve. Flowers blooming, grass and weeds on the rise, still in the 50s and raining like it was, well, April.  So your prompt, this week, is to explore an oxymoron (derived from the 5th century Latin oxymoron, which is derived from the Ancient Greek: ὀξύς oxus “sharp, keen” and μωρόςmōros “dull, stupid”, making the word itself an oxymoron).

There are hundreds of pages devoted to this linguistic construct, this paradigm if you will and even if you won’t, but I’ll give you a couple of links to explore, to get you started. And remember, the point of all of this is to let yourself be inspired and to write. Not, as I did, to spend the morning harvesting and culling oxymorons.

http://www.oxymoronlist.com/ is a very generous compendium of phrases that are and are not oxymorons

http://www.fun-with-words.com/oxymora.html and yes, the plural of oxymoron can be oxymora, just as the plural of datum is data (yes, data is plural, not singular unless you’re referencing the STAR TREK character)

http://www.oxymorons.info/ is well-organized

http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples/examples-of-oxymorons.html rudimentary, ergo useful

I decided against recommending ethanwiner.com/oxymoron.html: anyone who begins with 12-ounce pound cake isn’t doing their research. It’s called Pound Cake not because it weighs a pound, but because it was originally made with the very simple recipe of a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, and a pound of eggs. However, for wild inaccuracy and opinionated fun, sure, give this page a whirl.

Happy writing!

oxymoron

 

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