Word Play, Puns, and Oxymorons

Puns are humorous phrases formed by homonyms. (Example: What is the purpose of reindeer? It makes the grass grow, sweetie.) Oxymorons are a figure of speech formed by contradictory words. (Example: jumbo shrimp, a deafening silence.) Have fun with puns and oxymorons in this word play category.

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What can run but never walks Has a mouth but never talks Has a bed but never sleeps Has a head but never weeps?

The answer to the riddle "What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a head but never weeps is the river.

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Scattergories and Words Starting with Certain Letters
Adjectives and Articles

What are some adjectives that describe a person and begin with the letter T?

  • tacky
  • tactful
  • tactless
  • talented
  • talkative
  • tall
  • tame
  • tan
  • tanned
  • tantalizing
  • tardy
  • tatty
  • teachable
  • tearful
  • tedious
  • teenage
  • teeny
  • telegenic
  • temperamental
  • tempestuous
  • tenacious
  • tender
  • tense
  • terrible
  • terrific
  • terrified
  • terrifying
  • territorial
  • terse
  • testy
  • thankful
  • theatrical
  • thick
  • thick-headed
  • thievish
  • thin
  • thorough
  • thoughtful
  • thoughtless
  • thrifty
  • thrilling
  • thuggish
  • tickled
  • ticklish
  • tidy
  • tight
  • timid
  • tiny
  • tipsy
  • tired
  • tiresome
  • tiring
  • tolerant
  • tone-deaf
  • tongue-tied
  • top-heavy
  • tormented
  • tortured
  • tory
  • totalitarian
  • tough
  • tow-headed
  • toxic
  • trashy
  • treacherous
  • treatable
  • tremendous
  • trendy
  • tricked
  • tricky
  • triumphant
  • tropical
  • troublesome
  • troubling
  • true
  • trusting
  • trustworthy
  • truthful
  • trying
  • tubby
  • Turkish
  • typical
Word Play, Puns, and Oxymorons

Is oxymoron an oxymoron?

Yes. The common part of grammar/speech "Oxymoron", is technicality a, well, oxymoron. The first part of the phrase, "Oxy" means smart, Whereas "Moron", as we know, means dimwitted, or stupid.

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Scattergories and Words Starting with Certain Letters

What are some bathroom items that begin with the letter E?

Some things found in a bathroom that start with letter E are:

  • E. coli bacteria
  • ear (two)
  • Ear cleaner
  • ear drops
  • ear lobe (two)
  • earplugs
  • earring (only 1 if you lost one in BR)
  • earrings (two)
  • ear swab
  • ear syringe
  • ear wax
  • earwig
  • Eau de parfum
  • Eau de toilette
  • eccoprotic
  • Ecko product
  • eco-friendly hairspray
  • eco friendly shampoo
  • edge of the sink
  • edging (along door, floor)
  • Efferdent (denture cleaner)
  • effervescent medications
  • egg smelling conditioner
  • elastic hair band
  • Elastic underpants
  • elbow (two)
  • elbow cream
  • elbow grease
  • elbow pipe
  • Elderly People
  • electrical outlet
  • Electrical wires
  • electric brush
  • electricity
  • Electric light
  • electric razor
  • electric rollers
  • electric shaver
  • electric toothbrush
  • electric towel warmer
  • elephant shaped toothbrush
  • elflock
  • emerald.
  • emergency kit
  • emery board
  • emesis (emesis is the medical name vomit)
  • emesis basin
  • Empty toilet roll
  • emulsion
  • enamel
  • enema
  • envelopes
  • Epilady
  • Epsom salts
  • essence
  • essentals
  • essential oils
  • Estee Lauder cosmetics
  • etagere
  • eucalyptus oil
  • Evian face spray
  • Ex - Lax
  • Excedrin
  • exfoliator
  • exhaust fan
  • expectorant
  • extra eye glasses
  • extra protection colgate
  • extra soft bath tissue
  • Extra Strength Tylenol
  • extra thick toilet paper
  • extra toilet paper
  • eye (two)
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • eye drops
  • eye glasses
  • Eyelash curler
  • eyelashes
  • eye liner
  • eye shadow
  • eyewash

Estee Lauder cosmetics, electric shaver and eyewash are found in the bathroom.

Ear wax remover and Excedrin are found in the bathroom.

  • eyewash,
  • eyebrow pencil,
  • Excedrin,
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What words that start with j and end with x?


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Words ending in ld?

  • backfield
  • bald
  • bold
  • child
  • cold
  • could
  • field
  • fold
  • godchild
  • gold
  • grandchild
  • guild
  • held
  • herald
  • hold
  • hayfield
  • marigold
  • mild
  • minefield
  • mold
  • old
  • ribald
  • scold
  • shield
  • should
  • sold
  • stronghold
  • tenfold
  • told
  • twofold
  • undersold
  • underworld
  • wild
  • windshield
  • world
  • would
  • yield
  • wield

Note that almost all these words have a vowel before the -ld. The only exceptions are 'world' and compound words ending in '-world'

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What words with four letters end in o?











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What is a rhyming word pair for colorless man?

A Pale Male is the hink-pink or rhyming word pair that answers the riddle "colorless male."

Word Play, Puns, and Oxymorons

What are some examples of oxymorons?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech combining terms that are usually contradictory of one another. Some examples are:

jumbo shrimp / colossal shrimp /extremely average /same difference / living dead / bad health / calculated risk / cruel to be kind / the sound of silence ~ deafening silence / open secret /almost pregnant / brutally handsome / blind eye / guest host / realistic fiction / unbiased opinion.

Some examples you will find are offered as oxymorons to make a point, such as: honest lawyer

military intelligence

business ethics

religious tolerance

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What an Oxymoron Is

The original oxymoron is "sweet and sour" (the Greek elements are: 'oxy' = acid, sharp and 'moron' = sweet, soft) -- nowadays "bittersweet" is perhaps the most common example, describing something that gives us pleasure but also has elements of sadness, regret or disappointment. An oxymoron is therefore a phrase usually involving two terms that seem to be contradictory or paradoxical but are both true. It should be distinguished from "a contradiction in terms" which means that one term or the other is likely to be untrue, that one term logically excludes the other one (the classic joke is "military intelligence"), however people often use the term "oxymoron" for a "contradiction in terms".

Perhaps what is most paradoxical and a little ironic is that oxymorons are often used in the English language and they are usually perfectly well understood, even though they are contradictory. But, then again, the boundaries of language and the shifting landscape of experience never quite match up, so it's a useful method of making people think about what you are trying to describe.

The following sentences and phrases are examples of oxymorons. The oxymorons are underlined and there is a brief explanation of why the underlined is considered an oxymoron.

  • His novel created a mild sensation in literary circles. A sensation is usually defined as an intense feeling. Something that is mild is lukewarm.
  • The lady is 90 years young. 90 years is considered to be old, so it is oxymoronic to put 'young' after years.
  • A woman killed with kindness. Killing somebody is murder and is seen as an unkind act.
  • The silence was deafening. Something that is deafening is usually thought of to be a loud noise, but silence is completely quiet.
  • He was clearly misunderstood. To be misunderstood means that people felt that what you said was unclear or was confusing.
  • We were fishing and caught some jumbo shrimp. Shrimp are small creatures and the word 'shrimp' is also used as an adjective for something that is small. Something that is jumbo is big.
  • Bob took a working vacation. A vacation is a resting period where you can get away from work.
  • Rough embrace An embrace is caring and gentle opposed to being rough.
  • Friendly fire A term usually used when a soldier is killed by a fellow soldier. Shooting at people is unfriendly, yet there is friendly fire.
  • Non-violent restraint Restraint is often times violent since you are witholding somebody from doing what they want to do.
  • Cold heat How can heat, that is hot, be cold?
  • Icy fire Something that is 'icy' is cold, whereas 'fire' is hot.
  • Feather of lead A feather is light in terms of weight, whereas lead is heavy.
  • Don't be a Moving Statue . This is a term often used in Baseball. Statues are incapable of moving body parts. To be moving is to be in action. Thus the irony.
  • "Hells Angels" Hell Is In The Bottom Of The World And Angels Live In Heaven.


Here is a long paragraph with lots of them:

I can picture my friend 'Barking' Eddie, it's a pretty ugly sight. I see him half-naked, sipping non-alcoholic beer from his plastic glass. Then from time-to-time he nibbles on his cold hotdog, which is smothered in hot chili sauce. For pudding Eddie will be having freezer-burnt, white chocolate ice cream, with a plain fudge topping. Next week Eddie will be chaotically organizing a working holiday for Hell's Angels. This is a new tradition, as they will be spending a whole half-day on the top floor of his low-rise office. They are hoping to watch a live recording of a programme about turning green oranges into non-stick glue.


Observations in Literature

  • O brawling love! O loving hate! . . .

    O heavy lightness! serious vanity!

    Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!

    Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!

    Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!

    This love feel I, that feel no love in this."

    (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)

  • "A yawn may be defined as a silent yell."

    (G.K. Chesterton)

jumbo shrimp

small giant

great fail

pretty ugly

military intelligance

Deafening silence

A huge nothing

Judges are supposed to have unbiased opinions.

bright night

Canadian army

democratic southerners

Larger half

clearly confused

horrifically amazing

pretty awful

awfully wonderful

huge step

Word Play, Puns, and Oxymorons

What is something that violently shakes?

A paint mixer machine.


A nervous Chihuahua, especially during an earthquake.

Answer #3: A person with a terrible temper when extremely angry!

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Rhyming Words

What rhymes with last get them?

Last Get Them rhymes with Pass Ex-am, if you split the word 'exam' into 2 syllables.

Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles
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What is the answer to FA TH hidden meaning puzzle?

lost in faith

Word Play, Puns, and Oxymorons

What belongs to you but is used more by others?

Your Name

If your name is .......... , the name is yours . But people call your names and you don't call your name a lot

By the way, my name is Katelyn from Chipping Norton Public School from class 5/6H .


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Scattergories and Words Starting with Certain Letters
Perfumes and Colognes

What are some perfumes that begin with the letter T?

Some perfumes or fragrances that start with letter T are as follows: Tiffany, Tea Rose Amber, Tea Rose Jasmine for women, Tentations.

Rhyming Words
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Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings

What rhymes with plethora?


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Literary Devices and Figures of Speech

What are some examples of oxymoronic poetry?

Some well-known examples of oxymoronic poetry include the following:

Yesterday upon the stair

I met a man who wasn't there

He wasn't there again today

Oh, how I wish he'd go away

[William Hughes Mearns; 1899]

One fine day, quite late at night

Two dead boys got up to fight.

Back to back they faced each other,

Drew their swords and shot each other.

A deaf policeman heard the noise

and came and killed those two dead boys.


O brawling love, O loving hate,

O any thing of nothing first create!

O heavy lightness, serious vanity,

Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!,

Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,

Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!'

[Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet; circa 1591-5]

Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
Word Play, Puns, and Oxymorons

What are southern Black idioms?

There is no such thing. All southerners use the same idioms! They become "southern Black" idioms, when blacks move north and forget their culture.

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Rhyming Words

What rhymes with over thirties?

Words and phrases that nearly rhyme with thirties: (45 results)

2 syllables:

berkeley's, bernie's, beury's, birdies, birtley's, burmese, burnley's, burpees, curries, currys, curry's, flurries, furches, guernseys, gurney's, hermes, herpes, hershey's, hurries, jerseys, jersey's, journeys, kearney's, kirby's, marie's, mercies, merlis, murphys, murphy's, murray's, percy's, shirley's, thirty's, thursdays, thursday's, turkeys, turkey's, uri's, verdi's, verges, vertrees, worries, worthies, xerxes, yerkes

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Word Games

What does the word evaluation mean in reading?

It is to determine the value of whatever it is, to appaise it

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What are some words that begin with a d and end with an a?

  • data
  • dilemma
  • diphtheria
  • diva
  • dogma
  • drama
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Rhyming Words

What rhymes with table scape?

label scrape

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What words rhyme with jazz?


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Possible Words from letters M S A N A E?






mess(if u can repeat s)












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What is 9 P on a B T short for?

Nine players on a baseball team.

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What is a tv show starting with the letter p?

Primetime, Price is right.


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