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    Parting is such sweet sorrow

    Is the above classed as Oxymoron or litotes

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead
    Parting is such sweet sorrow

    Is the above classed as Oxymoron or litotes
    sweet expresses something nice, whereas sorrow expresses something sad. :D

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    Oxymorons: Phrases that seem to contradict themselves

    act naturally/ advanced basic/ airline food/ almost exactly/ alone together/ amateur expert/ baby grand (piano)/ black light/ brief survey
    civil war/ clearly confused/ clearly misunderstood/ completely unfinished/ Congressional action/ Congressional ethics/ constant change/ criminal justice/ crisis management/ curved line / definite maybe/ deafening silence/ death benefits/ divorce court/ down escalator/ dry beer/ dry ice/ dry wine / elementary calculus/ evaporated milk/ extra time/ exact estimate/ express mail / fast idle/ first annual/ found missing/ free with purchase/ freezer burn/ fresh frozen/ friendly argument/ friendly fire / genuine imitation/ good grief/ gourmet pizza/ governmental efficiency/ graduate student/ great depression/ guest host / half dead/ half empty/ half full/ happily married/ hard water/ honest crook/ honest politician/ hopelessly optimistic/ hospital food / idiot savant/ industrial park/ irate patient / jumbo shrimp/ junk food / lean pork/ legal brief/ legally drunk/ light-Heavyweight/ liquid crystal/ live recording / mandatory option/ marijuana initiative/ married life/ medium large/ mild abrasive/ military intelligence/ minor disaster/ mutually exclusive/ no-good do-gooder!/ non-alcoholic beer/ non-denominational church/ non-stop flight / old news/ organized mess/ original copy/ Dodge Ram/ Cherokee Pioneer / partially completed/ passive aggression/ peace force/ peacekeeper missile/ perfect idiot/ plastic glasses/ police protection/ polite cabbie/ presidential promises/ pretty ugly/ proprietary standard / random logic (fuzzy logic)/ rap music/ real fantasy/ realistic schedule/ rolling stop /same difference/ second best/ silent scream/ singular relationship/ small crowd/ solid glass/ speed limit/ sports sedan/ standard deviation/ student teacher/ sure bet/ sweet sorrow/ synthetic natural gas / tax return/ terribly pleased/ terribly nice/ turbo diesel / unacceptable solution / virtual reality / work party/ working vacation
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    I like 'airline food'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I like 'airline food'.
    Is that what they serve on Delta? Oxymoron oxen?

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    You'd be lucky if it were that good.

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