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W is for “Working Vacation” – Oxymorons from A to Z

Whoa! Wait a minute. Weren’t we gonna relax on this trip?

What do we wonder, when we see a guy zigzag along a beach, holding his iPhone to one ear and trying to find a solid connection? Look a few paces ahead or behind, and you may see his family. They’re the ones giggling and laughing and splashing in the surf. Looks like the guy may have lost at least one kind of connection.

Now look at the hotel balcony. That’s right – up there on the third floor, overlooking the ski hill. See the young lady with the laptop computer? She’s plugged in, while her family or friends hit the slopes.

Check out the dude in line at Disney World, holding up the whole line for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, while he feverishly taps out a text message on his Kindle Fire. Is his crew ready to mutiny? 

And there's another highly motivated soul, filing one more report on her netbook before joining her companions at the shore.

You got it – working vacation.

And we wonder why our society is so stressed out.

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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