Dear Ice Chip reader:
Over the next several Ice Chips, I will be sharing examples of “oxymoronic phrases”. They are another example of how we use “(K)notty Words” to create cerebral chaos in our messages.
(ŏk′sē-môr′ŏn′)n. pl. ox·y·mo·rons or ox·y·mo·ra (-môr′ə) A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined
Here is one of my favorite photo example courtesy of Susan Rooks, The Grammar Goddess.
Here is a one more that is truly a classic for sending your brain into a moment of … what do I do now?!?
You know you want some.
They want to sell some.
You committed to cutting back on sweets to reduce your gravitational pull on the earth….
What the hell do you do now?
I know you can hold back.
Enjoy your week…