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Hydromorons.

Hydromorons complement oxymorons. (H and O are the two extremes on the chemical reactivity or redox scale.) In contrast to the glaring self-contradiction of an oxymoron, a hydromoron is a glaring redundancy like each of the three pairs in this telling headline:

BLIND FAITH FALSE PRETENSES WREAK HAVOC

It's fertile ground for word play. You might even be able to use hydromorons to wreak order. Many more examples cart be found in the book by Richard Kallan cited in the November issue (10-284), which I haven't seen yet and so may be repeating some of his examples. Anyhoo, here are my favourites, unfortunately laden with snide remarks. I, snide? Inside! [ISNIDE]

 AD NAUSEAM          TV ads, junk mail, www, etc (but not
  skywriting,
                    which is uplifting)
BAD DEBT            Yet, even after 2008, "gurus" say
you're an idiot if
                    you're not
 in debt.
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE    Sweeping schmaltz for all you beautiful cynics out
there.
CHINESE PUZZLE      Today's leading enigma, more popular than
sudoku.
CLEANING WOMAN      An untidy woman is hard to find. I know, I tried.
DEAD END            But if time travelled backwards we could have a dead
                    start.
DIRTY OLD MEN       All of us. So there. Sorry to have blown the
whistle,
                    geezers.
KNOCKOUT DROPS      Down with gravity! Even if you're knocked up
 by
                    Popeye.
ENDANGERED SPECIES  Any species, the way we're blindly headed. See
headline
                    in intro.
FREE SPIRIT         Not liquor of course, which costs plenty, but
equally
                    philosophical.
HAPPY IDIOT         Only an idiot could be happy today. Cheer idiocy
,
                    grinning in the face of disaster. So to be happy be
an
                    idiot. Stay out of debt.
MOTHER SUPERIOR     Child Inferior accepts this natural pecking
order--in
                    theory!
PETTY OFFICER       Sorry, Officer, I didn't mean you, just the
others
PIGGY BANK          Where I put my money has a second, leaky slot in the
                    rear.
POLICE FORCE        The Police Dept. saw Star Wars
 and decided to
                    call itself The Force.
ROBBER BARON        That's the whole point.
SELF-CENTERED       Anatomically correct.
STANDARD DEVIATION  Nobody's prefect. Deviation from the standard
is
                    standard.
VIRGIN BIRTH        We're all natural born virgins.
WOMAN SUFFRAGE      Men suffer women and vice versa. Both suffer little
                    children.
SMALL FRY           Except at Big Fries small fries serve large fries,
                    oxymoronically ([dagger]). 

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([dagger]) Warning! Hydros and oxys should be mixed with great care. They can explode in your face like rocket fuel and drown your smithereens in watermorons.

ANIL, Perth, Australia

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