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P is for “Practical Joke” - Oxymorons from A to Z

P is for “Practical Joke” - Oxymorons from A to Z

Pranks and hoaxes, performed to poke fun at others, may be funny. But are these jokes really practical? 

What happens when some clown sticks a whoopie cushion on another person’s chair? Or what if a prankster glues a few coins to the sidewalk to fake out passers-by? How about switching the signs on public restrooms or covering toilet seats with plastic wrap?

Maybe we call these tricks “practical jokes,” simply because they take a bit of practice. Possibly, we dub them thus because they are practically funny, but often not so much.

Or perhaps practical jokes just make oxymorons out of all of us, so to speak.

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. They really aren't. I have always wondered why they are called that.
    Shawn at Laughing at Life 2

  2. It's because they are performed in practice and not just by words. And thanks for the suggestions! I'll be sure to give you the credit when my friends want to know how I thought of these great pranks.