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    grammar term

    what is it called when you use two or more words to describe something, and those words are traditional opposites?

    For example:
    She loudly whispered, "Some one is trying to break in the back door!!"

    Or am I making this up and there is no such term?! :)

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    Re: grammar term

    You may be thinking of "oxymoron."
    Like "jumbo shrimp" (or "airline food")

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    Re: grammar term

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You may be thinking of "oxymoron."
    Like "jumbo shrimp" (or "airline food")
    Yup - Oxymoron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I'm not sure about 'whispered loudly' though; she did whisper, and the effect was relatively loud. Some whispers are quiet and some can be heard across a room. An oxymoron should contrast two words that are diametrically opposed, like οξυς (sharp) and μωρος (dull) (both Greek, hence the word).

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    Re: grammar term

    Could "running slowly" an oxymoron?

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