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K is for “Known Secret” - Oxymorons from A to Z

K is for “Known Secret” - Oxymorons from A to Z

C’mon, you promised you wouldn’t tell.

Is there really any such thing as a secret? How often is a confidence shared, with the promise of privacy, and then almost immediately passed along?

Herein lies the known secret.

It’s like the proverbial elephant in the room – that big thing we’re not supposed to discuss. Everyone knows it, but no one says so. How could we? We’re sworn to secrecy.

Consider its close cousin, “Well-Known Secret.”

That’s an oxymoron for sure.

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. Ok I just love that. We often talk about oxymorons here, and I've had fun introducing them to my 2nd grade daughter.

  2. Really clever theme. I'm commenting on the UBC chain, but I'm also doing the A - Z Challenge separately.

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  3. I used to teach English (7th grade), and I always loved teaching oxymorons. The kids loved them, too - and only in part because they got to say "moron" without getting in trouble :-).

  4. Does a secret remain a secret if it's revealed in a forest? hehe