C’mon, really? Zero deficit makes me wanna climb on a bipartisan soapbox.
First, it’s oxymoronic because it simply makes no linguistic sense. A deficit is a negative number, so it cannot be zero.
What’s more, we’ve heard politicians of every stripe crowing about a zero deficit, as if it were a lofty goal and a potential badge of honor.
Yes, Washington. We get it.
Zero deficit means no deficit … doesn’t it? It’s just such a foreign concept that we’re having trouble grasping it.
The piggy bank is broken.
Maybe it’s because we have household budgets, business budgets, and other budgets to balance. And, when we do it right, we break even. We don’t need a special term to mark what is supposed to be the norm.
Zero deficit? You’ve gotta be kidding.
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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