Oxymorons

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines normally contradicting terms. Here is a list of some popular oxymorons:

open secret larger half clearly confused
act naturally alone together Hell’s Angels
found missing liquid gas civil engineer
deafening silence seriously funny living dead
Microsoft Works 😉
military intelligence jumbo shrimp
Advanced BASIC tragic comedy unbiased opinion
virtual reality definite maybe original copies
pretty ugly same difference plastic glasses
almost exactly constant variable even odds
minor crisis extinct life genuine imitation
exact estimate only choice freezer burn
free love working holiday rolling stop
sweet sorrow near miss paid volunteer

Can you add any to the list?

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I'm a CELTA-qualified, online English language teacher. I'm relaunching the MetoEnglish site and gradually bringing this blog back up to speed. I can provide a variety of English language services so, if you're looking for ESL/ESOL services and resources, or want to improve your English language skills, please email me for more information. Thanks! Mike
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