Here’s a long short story
OXYMORONS are rampant in our everyday speech; even if we are unaware of their existence that does not mean they are not utilised.
The definition of an oxymoron is when apparently contradictory terms appear together. Somehow young people, and even older ones too, appear to verbalise them on a regular basis without having even a remote idea of what they are. The simplest example is the well worn phrase, “yerr no”.
In isolation, as well as in their purest form, they have opposing purposes, yet general conversation is riddled with the seemingly meaningless but also contradictory statement. Having said that, we as listeners do know what the person is talking about. I suspect this initial example is often little more than a filler, namely a phrase used when people need time to think.
How about some of the phrases that roll off the tongue even though they definitely are in opposition to each other. People rarely reflect on this aspect of their nature because we have accepted that we comprehend the person’s intent.
■ A civil war. Now this makes sense to us