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OXYMORON

english.reporting
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Diane Infante

on 2 January 2013

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Transcript of OXYMORON

OXYMORON ORIGIN Purpose dramatic effect: used to draw attention to contradiction An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory words, terms, phrases or ideas to create a rhetorical or paradoxical effect. the word “oxymoron” was created by combining the Greek words “oxus”, meaning “sharp”, with “moros”, meaning “dull,” Example Example: PARADOXICAL EFFECT A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true. to help readers capture the depth and character of the stories add humor and to emphasize that the subjects they refer to are not real improve writing in a variety of ways by evoking fresh and vigorous images in your reader’s mind Living dead Deafening silence Dark Light Growing smaller Tiny elephant Worthless gold "To lead the people, walk behind them."
- Lao Tzu "I can resist anything, except temptation."
- Oscar Wilde for entertainment add flavor to speech "I like humanity, but I loathe persons."
- Edna St. Vincent Millay "A joke is actually an extremely really serious issue."
- Winston Churchill "the same difference." "So foul and fair a day I have not seen!"
- William Shakespeare THANK YOU! adjective-noun noun - verb "And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true."
- Tennyson Guest host Dark light Living dead "The silence whistles"
- Nathan Alterman Oxymora are not always a pair of words; they can also be devised in the meaning of sentences or phrases. "Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,
O anything of nothing first create;
O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
Misshapen chaos of well‐seeming forms,
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
Still‐waking sleep, that is not what it is!"
~ Romeo Montague Infante Medrano Mendaros FUNCTIONS: Rhetorical Effect Complexity Emphasis Wit CHARACTERISTICS pretty ugly "The deaf listens" The mute sounds
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