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J is for “Jungle Gym” - Oxymorons from A to Z

J is for “Jungle Gym” - Oxymorons from A to Z

Picture the scene: Wild animals scamper high and low, whooping and shrieking and knocking one another to the ground.

Welcome to the jungle gym, a piece of playground equipment, provided for the recreation of energetic youngsters.

Is it a jungle, or is it a gym? Really, it’s neither.

OK, maybe some elementary school teachers would beg to differ. They might even say we're oxymoronic for raising the issue.

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. never thought of this as an oxymoron but I see your point!

  2. I actually have thought it was weird to call it a jungle gym before, since it is really neither!

  3. I never thought about how idiotic jungle gym sounds, until now!

  4. You're right.... never thought of it before. WHY is it called a Jungle Gym?!
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