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    mystery word

    There is a word in the English language (I think) - and I also think that I've heard it just once - that defines a phrase when the subject in said phrase is contrary to what that particular subject actually does - or does not do. Example: grinning cat, or singing cow (we know that cats don't actually grin and cows can't sing).

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    Re: mystery word

    Do you mean ¨OXYMORON¨

    like : deafening silence, poor little rich girl, cruel kindness


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    Re: mystery word

    No, I'm sure it's not an oxymoron. But it's close.
    It's something to do with "contrary"

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    Re: mystery word

    Blouen is right. It`s an oxymoron. You probably think of a paradox, but, in fact, it`s an oxymoron:

    An oxymoron involves a combination of two contradictory or conflicting words. It is different from a paradox in that it creates its effect much more compactly, using a combination of two successive words while a paradox involves a complete statement.

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    Re: mystery word

    The smiling cat and the singing cow are examples of anthropomorphism. anthropomorphism - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Re: mystery word

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    The smiling cat and the singing cow are examples of anthropomorphism. anthropomorphism - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Mykwyner is right. We usually say personification.

    Personification, or anthropomorphism, is a figure of speech that gives inanimate objects human traits and qualities.

    Personification - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by Teia; 06-Oct-2007 at 09:05.

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