If the term is not a familiar one to you, and not understandable from the dictionary definition above, I'm sure you'll get the idea by the time you've finished reading this column.
One of my favorite oxymorons comes from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel, who dubbed "rap music" an oxymoron - rap and music being contradictory terms, in his opinion.
There are literally thousands of oxymorons, but here are a few of my favorites:
pretty ugly, awfully good, awfully nice, awfully pretty,
bitter sweet, barely dressed, cold as Hell, fresh frozen,
government organization, extensive briefing, friendly takeover,
Postal Service, press release, peace force, military intelligence
baby grand, guest host, recorded live, live on tape
head butt, athletic scholarship, forward lateral
Personal Computer, operating system, Microsoft Works
plastic glasses, tight slacks, act naturally, active retirement, adult
male, advanced beginner, all alone, friendly divorce, authentic
replica, working vacation, virtual reality, Dodge Ram, work party,
alone together, same difference, business casual, daily special,
educated guess, global village, good beating, good grief, The Great
Depression, nothing much, original copy, plastic silverware, random
order, restless sleep, rubber cement, safe bet, white chocolate.
We'll end with George Carlin's favorite, "jumbo shrimp," and many
women's favorite - "adult male." Talk about an oxymoron!
That's all until next time, when I'll definitely maybe see you.