Oxymoron’s In Our Language

We frequently struggle to interpret the verbiage used by our ancestors.  When we13 read their wills, letters, property sales and other documents, the language they used almost seems to be alien at times.

Well it is.  If we were alive in their time, the references they used would make sense.  The points of reference in their world were often quite different than the reference points we try to impose on their words.

When I talk to our grandchildren, there are times when my reference points seem as far removed from them as they do from my ancestors in 1620 Plymouth. 

With this context, let’s take a look at some English worlds we use today, that will certainly confuse those coming after us.  

Oxymoron’s in English

45. Act naturally
44. Found missing
43. Resident alien
42. Advanced BASIC
41. Genuine imitation
40. Airline Food
39. Good grief
38. Same difference
37. Almost exactly
36. Government organization
35. Sanitary landfill
34. Alone together
33. Legally drunk
32. Silent scream
31. Living dead
30. Small crowd
29. Business ethics
28. Soft rock
27. Butt head
26. Military intelligence
25. Software documentation
24. New classic
23. Sweet sorrow
22. Child Proof
21. "Now, then …"
20. Synthetic natural gas
19. Passive aggression
18. Taped live
17. Clearly misunderstood
16. Peace force
15. Extinct life
14. Temporary tax increase
13. Computer jock
12. Plastic glasses
11. Terribly pleased
10. Computer security
9. Political science
8. Tight slacks
7. Definite maybe
6. Pretty ugly
5. Twelve-ounce pound cake
4. Diet ice cream
3. Working vacation
2. Exact estimate
…And the number 1 oxymoron is..
1. Microsoft Works

Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2011-06-02 12:03:00
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