Figures Of Speech

33 Perfectly Odd Oxymorons

33 Perfectly Odd Oxymorons

What are oxymorons? An oxymoron is "a phrase that combines two words that seem to be the opposite of each other, for example a 'deafening silence'." (Oxford Dictionaries) An oxymoron is a compressed paradox. It is a figure of speech where a writer combines seemingly…

Idioms – The elephant in the room

"Elephant in the room" is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss. It is based on the idea that an…


Definition: A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. Examples: deafening silence, living death, conspicuous absence. If you enjoyed this, read these posts: Semicolons and Colons Between you and me Hyphens & Dashes About The Details