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Subject:Oxymorons From:Roy Johnson <Roy -at- MANTEX -dot- DEMON -dot- CO -dot- UK> Date:Wed, 26 Apr 1995 10:22:13 GMT
I don't see how "posthaste" is a one-word oxymoron.
Its original meaning was "travelling by relays of
horses" and now it generally means "with great
urgency and speed".
An oxymoron is a "contracted paradox", and it
requires an element of [apparent] self-contradition.
I hope some examples of one-word oxymorons show up -
but we havn't had one yet (Tues 25 April in UK)
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