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L is for "Legally Drunk" - Oxymorons from A to Z

L is for "Legally Drunk" - Oxymorons from A to Z

Overindulgence with alcohol may not be illegal in itself, but we’ve all seen cases where being drunk may have led to lawbreaking, particularly behind-the-wheel. Technical terms may vary from state to state, but “legally drunk” is a frequently used phrase for describing those who have crossed the line in the law’s eyes.

And it’s an oxymoron.

Consider these 12 possibly synonymous phrases for “legally drunk”:

  1. allowably buzzed
  2. Constitutionally crocked
  3. innocently inebriated
  4. justly juiced
  5. lawfully liquored-up
  6. licitly laced
  7. permissibly plastered
  8. properly potted
  9. rightfully stewed
  10. statutorily stoned
  11. three sheets to the wind within the law
  12. wasted with warrant

Raise your hand, if you don’t already see why “legally drunk” is oxymoronic. Maybe it’s time to examine another oxymoron:  Less is more.”

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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