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I is for “Intimate Strangers” - Oxymorons from A to Z

I is for “Intimate Strangers” - Oxymorons from A to Z

Blame it on the internet … or not. How can a person be both a stranger and an intimate contact? Isn’t it intriguing how many people share the deepest, most personal secrets of their lives with total strangers? Sometimes these folks, who may never meet face to face, seem to know more about one another than those who have shared childhoods or who live in the same households.

We used to frown at folks who over-shared on long bus rides and cross-country flights, telling others at first meeting all about their own lives. Now we post photos of our parents, pets, and kids - for all of cyberspace to see.

That's right. We're intimate strangers. But is that right?

Maybe it feels somehow safer to unload private concerns and reveal close-held confidences to those outside our in-person circles. But look what we have created:  intimate strangers, an oxymoron for sure.

Are we talkin’ TMI?

Can ill-defined boundaries lead to insecurity, or even inappropriate interference?

What’s an oxymoron?

Basically, an oxymoron is a phrase that seems contradictory or incongruous. Taken literally, the words do not make sense. Often, oxymorons find their way into popular usage, becoming cultural catchwords or frequently used idioms.

Many of these curious wordings strike us as delightfully amiss. Besides, what sort of whimsical word is “oxymoron”?

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  1. So true about intimate strangers online. Sometimes I think my FB friends know me better than my own family. I love oxymorons and what a fun word it is, too!

    Cattitude and Gratitude

  2. I love oxymorons! I have two in my house at the moment (Straight-eared Scottish Folds)

    And true, too, how we can bear our soul on the 'net to strangers we'll never meet...but I think some really become friends, despite that fact. :)


  3. this was really interesting to read!