The bravest are the tenderest,—the loving are the daring.
BAYARD JOSEPH TAYLOR (1825–1878)
AROUND THE DINNER TABLE, our family likes to discuss words. This habit comes from my husband of more than thirty years. He cares deeply about the proper use of words. Recently in one of these evening discussions, we contemplated the meaning of the terms paradox and oxymoron.
The word paradox, as defined by Merriam-Webster, means “something … that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible.” The word originates from the Greek word paradoxon, meaning “contrary to expectation.”
An oxymoron is considered a “compressed paradox.” In terms I can understand, that means two words ...