Friday, 19 August 2011

Oxymorons

Hair corsage

Oxymorons disagree with themselves.


A Canadian study finds higher than expected low reading achievement. LD Online
advanced Basic
alone together

Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Antibiotic Discovered
(Slashdot headline)
baby grand (piano)
back to the forefront
bright drab (stylishly dressed in bright drab – H G Wells)
civil war
cold hot water bottle (there’s nothing worse than a...)
contemporary antique brass ceiling light
fall at a high rate
fast idle
first Last Song
flat point (lace)
fully vacant flats for sale
Go now, then
great small cities

growing lack of
(voters)
growing shortage
Guernsey jersey

guest host
(on a chat show)
hair corsage (a corsage you wear in your hair)
high colour depths can be obtained.
high depth: It’s extremely unusual to have such a high depth of rainfall in such a short duration. Guardian July 24, 2007
high levels of depression
highly undervalued
human avian flu vaccine
human BSE
increasingly few (“the works of the Franco-Romanian playwright ... get increasingly few outings these days ...” Evening Standard March 13, 2003
Indian Style Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice
It’ll be all round the square
known undiscovered oil reserves
last First Lady
last first night
manned by women
many fewer ‘...labour market inflexibility explains why the European economy has created so many fewer jobs than the US over the past three decades.’
mini supermarket
Mostar’s new Old Bridge
My hair is growing back at the front.
negative growth
now then, now then
Old New Change
old New Economy, new New Economy
old New Scientist (that was in an...)
old New Year (like Old Christmas time)
old news
online newspaper
open secret
Our current future status
penguin rookery
pink bluebell
pink goldfish
plain in an ornate kind of way: Fair Client. "I want it to be nice and baronial, Queen Anne and Elizabethan, and all that; kind of quaint and Nuremburgy you know—regular Old English, with French windows opening to the lawn, and Venetian blinds, and sort of Swiss balconies, and a loggia. But I'm sure you know what I mean!" (Punch, November 29, 1890). George du Maurier
plastic glass, a
plum cherry tomatoes
pretty ugly
pygmy mammoth
Rain later, becoming lighter after dark
rapid slowdown (of the economy)
shallower depths
silk bed linen
silver white horse
Spanish Turkish bath
square round-houses
static mobile homes
straight round: I'll come straight round
superette (a small supermarket)
That's your My Little Pony
the Altneushul (Prague's "old new" synagogue)
There is a brown "blue plaque " commemorating him and Vita Sackville-West on their house in Ebury Street, London SW1. Wiki on Harold Nicolson
Use pins to give yourself a temporary permanent (wave)
vacant possession
water windmill
We need more less dull stuff.
white pinks
Who runs the walks? (Hackney Council)
With paywalls, Internet ads reached so many fewer readers. LRB, JAN 2011, paraphrase
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