Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oxymoronica by Mardy Grothe

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. In Oxymoronica, Dr. Mardy Grothe has compiled 1400 quotations which appear to be self-contradictory but actually are not. Crafting such a statement takes the utmost skill in wit and wisdom, so the thinkers quoted in this book are some of the most talented representatives of their age. From Aristotle to Shakespeare to Groucho Marx, these writers have something important to say and they say it in a most concise and entertaining style. Perhaps the most ubiquitous statement of this type is some version of, “Less is more.” This book is full of such sayings divided into subjects such as “Romance,” “Artistic,” “Ancient,” “Political,” “Literary,” “Insults,” etc. There is a good table of contents (so the reader can choose a subject), and also a thorough index (so the reader can look for particular writers.) Oxymoronica is a book that will amuse word lovers, joke lovers and wisdom lovers.

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