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Oxymorons are phrases or words that seem to contradict themselves. Here are a few that passed across our desks. If you know of any more, share them with us through our contact page.

  • up under (Thanks to Rhonda Traylor)
  • smart bomb (Thanks to Rob McClacherty
  • shared secret (Thanks to Rob McClacherty

  • almost exactly
  • boxing ring
  • center around
  • civil war
  • divorce court
  • dodge ram
  • holy hell
  • hot chili
  • irate patient
  • long shorts
  • Mobil station
  • original copy
  • scheduled spontaneity
  • still moving
—Thank you Karen Dressler
  • New! Fresh frozen (Thanks to Patricia Dorchak)
  • New and improved (Thanks to Josh Turner
  • Organised chaos (Thanks to A. J. Nayar)
  • Glorious sadness (Thanks to Pamela Coar)
  • Accidentally on purpose (Thanks to Jackie C)
  • Act naturally (Thanks to Andy Barton
  • Advanced BASIC (Thanks to Andy Barton
  • Almost exactly (Thanks to Andy Barton
  • Alone together (Thanks to Andy Barton
  • Anarchy rules (Thanks to Andy Barton
  • Clearly misunderstood (Thanks to Andy Barton
  • A definite maybe (Thanks to Andy Barton
  • Deafening silence (Thanks to Andy Barton)

  • Diplomatic offensive (Thanks to David Elliot of Toronto)
  • Exact estimate
  • Extinct life
  • Fine mess
  • Found missing
  • Fully empty (Thanks Whitney Lynn)
  • Genuine imitation
  • Good grief
  • Intelligent dummy (for auto crash testing) (Thanks Whitney Lynn)
  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Legally drunk
  • The living dead
  • The majority minority, an oxymoron created in the latest census used to describe the populations of Texas and California. (Thanks Martha Thomas)
  • New classic
  • Now, then, (have you made up your mind?)
  • Passive aggression
  • Peace force
  • Plastic glasses
  • Pretty ugly
  • Resident alien
  • Retarded genius (Thanks Whitney Lynn)
  • Same difference
  • Sanitary landfill
  • Silent scream
  • Small crowd
  • Soft rock
  • Student teacher (Thanks Susan)
  • Sweet sorrow
  • Synthetic natural gas
  • Taped live
  • Terribly pleased
  • Tight slacks
  • Working vacation


  • Work party (Thanks "Dallas")
  • Postal service (Thanks "Dallas")
  • Rap music (Thanks "Dallas")
  • Bank and trust (Thanks Greg Hunt)
  • Government organization
  • Microsoft Works
  • Military Intelligence (Thanks to Peter Clark)
  • Senate Ethics Committee (Thanks Jim Straughan)

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