Fun with palindromes, oximorons, spoonerisms and other quirks of the English language

Let’s have a look at some of them –

Oximoron – a self conflicting term

  • Honest liar
  • Pretty ugly
  • Only choice
  • Same difference

Onomatopoeia – A word that sounds like what it describes

  • Buzz
  • Sizzle
  • Snap
  • Hiss

Alliteration – words close together, starting with the same consonant, usually to create impact

  • Dreaming dreams
  • Bad blood
  • Coca cola
  • Mass misery

Palindrome – a word or sentence that is the same whether read forward of backwards

  • Madam I’m Adam
  • racecar
  • top spot
  • Red rum, sir, is murder

Tautology – an expression that says the same thing twice

  • I went to see her personally
  • Either you did or you didn’t
  • Evening sunset
  • Frozen ice

Malapropism – inadvertent use of a similar sounding word

  • The police apprehended two auspicious persons
  • The elephant charged and I was putrified
  • I want to get my colours right so I’m going to call in an inferior decorator
  • Now he’s retired he’ll just fade into Bolivian

Spoonerism – sometimes deliberate swapping of the beginnings of a pair of words

  • The queer old dean instead of the dear old queen
  • A blushing crow instead of a crushing blow
  • It’s kisstomary to cuss the bride instead of it’s customary to kiss the bride
  • I hissed his mystery class instead of I missed his history class

Euphemism – An expression substituted to soften the impact of the harsher reality

  • “Load shedding” instead of what it really is “Rolling blackouts”

Doublespeak – language that deliberately obscures or distorts the meaning

  • “Job opportunities” sounds like new jobs, but of course, it isn’t.


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