What’s an Oxymoron?

rogersgeorge on August 29th, 2016

“Oxymoron” is derived from the Greek words for sharp and foolish. It’s a word for an expression that appears at first glance to be self-contradictory. People like to use them to make humorous sarcastic remarks. Here’s a comic from 2014 that uses a bunch of them. The protagonist is a lady doctor and the duck is her (imaginary?) mentor. It’s a nice strip, especially if you like the convoluted pathways of medical careers. It’s written by a real MD, even. Go to the site to see its unusual name.

Everybody likes oxymorons. Do you have a favorite? Mine happens to be the last one in the strip—it catches you off guard.

PS—In my email exchange with the writer of this strip, he asked to be told when I was going to post it, so I did. I got this email in reply:

It’s quite a coincidence. I was working on the layout of a new book and I had just included that oxymoron comic strip into it and remembered your request! Then I get this E-mail!
It’s quite a coincidence. I was working on the layout of a new book and I had just included that oxymoron comic strip into it and remembered your request! Then I get this E-mail! I’m currently crowdfunding the printing of this book. If you’re interested, I could really use the help! http://igg.me/at/callous20years.
Awesome news about it finally coming up on your site! I’ll be sure to mention it as well. 🙂

So there you go! I recommend you follow his link if you like nice comics. I did, and got a hard copy of the book.

PPS—Wouldn’t you know, after two years I post a comic about oxymorons, and then today I ran into another one! The comic is named Shoe.
Shoe
The comments are full of suggestions for more oxymorons, some sure to offend.
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