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Is 'aphorism' the same as 'oxymoron?'


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 03:32 PM

Warhol once made a statement about something "deeply shallow," and it's considered an aphorism. But it doesn't sound too different than watching Don Knotts go all googly eyed at "jumbo shrimp."

Is there an actual difference in usage or tone? Is it just two words for the same thing?

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 03:59 PM

I would say the two words are more like antonyms.

According to Merriam - Webster the definition of aphorism is:

Main Entry:
aph·o·rism
Pronunciation:
\ˈa-fə-ˌri-zəm\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle French aphorisme, from Late Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos definition, aphorism, from aphorizein to define, from apo- + horizein to bound — more at horizon
Date:
1528
1 : a concise statement of a principle
2 : a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment :

Which to me is the opposite of an oxymoron.

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