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Oxymorons: Terribly Good

Icy hot Friendly fire Paid volunteer Loyal opposition Clearly misunderstood Static flow Poor health Almost exactly Clearly confused Minor crisis Freezer burn Who doesn’t love these paradoxical figures of speech? Please send more! Mirth in a Box sells fun and … Continue reading

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Oxymorons: Seriously Funny

 Oxymorons (actually the plural is oxymora but I have never heard anyone ever use that term) are figures of speech that combine contradictory words. Which are your favorites? Terribly good Student Teacher Old news Crash landing Definite maybe Resident alien Paid … Continue reading

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“Tom Swifties Again” Tom Recited (Get It?)

“3.142,” Tom enumerated piously. “This is the Netherlands,” Tom stated flatly. “Boy, that sure took the wind out of my sails!” Tom said disgustedly. “Congratulations. You graduated,” Tom said diplomatically. “I can’t believe you set off the dynamite!” Tom said … Continue reading

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Malapropisms: Let’s Have Fun Whether You Like it or Not!

Let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way. What is a malapropism? The dictionary tells us: Malapropism noun-[MAL-uh-prop-iz-uhm]-The act of misusing words ridiculously,  especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. A few fine examples: “Mother … Continue reading

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Oxymorons: Wicked Good Fun

Authentic reproduction Nothing much Unbiased opinion Red licorice Global village Calculated risk Pure evil Butthead Perfectly awful Texas chic (Come on! I will not say who sent me this one!) Sinfully good An oxymoron is a combination of contradictory words. … Continue reading

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Tom Swifties: The Best Puns of All!

I completely forgot about my favorite type of pun, the Tom Swifty, until someone added a few more to an old blog post. Tom Swifties are a type of pun that can best be understood after reading a few: “The … Continue reading

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The Words of 2014: Word of the Year Awards Really Surprised Me!

The English language is never dormant. With over 350 million people speaking it as their first language and another 400+ million non-native speakers of English, it can’t help but be constantly in flux. Several different organizations get together annually to … Continue reading

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Do You Know What ‘Sparrow Fart’ Means?

I’ve always been intrigued by words. Can’t say I always use, spell or pronounce them correctly, but that’s never stopped me from trying out a new one. I recently bought Paul Dickson’s new book, “ Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers”. … Continue reading

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National Haiku Day (April 17th) Collides with Game of Thrones

I’m sorry. I meant to write something about National Haiku Day but all I am thinking about is “The Game of Thrones”. Last Sunday was the Purple Wedding (season 4 episode 2). I am still reeling. Please pardon my digression. First … Continue reading

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Good Grief! Oxymorons Once Again!

Oxymorons (a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings per Merrima- Webster Dictionary) abound in everyday speech. Here’s a few that I have com across recently: Painless Dentistry– Yep. I guess novocaine helps a bit but getting … Continue reading

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