An Oxymoron (from the Ancient Greek ὀξύμωρον, literally meaning “sharp dull”) is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words: something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements.

“O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!
Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!”
– Romeo, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Act I Scene i

More funny examples include: airline food, army intelligence, calculated risk, current history, devilish angel, girly man, Middle East, open secret, quiet riot, and wise fool.

“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.” – Banksy

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