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Jumbo Shrimp & Other Almost Perfect Oxymorons Paperback – November 1, 1986
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In chatty style, Blumenfeld, a Georgia State professor, discusses oxymorons, which he defines as "contradictory expressions that make absolute sense." Many of his examples are obvious winners: "corporate family," "initial deadline," "school lunch" and "downtown Los Angeles." But many are simply rare, bad usage of language or weak oxymorons, such as "always occasionally," "smile out loud," "wildly silent," "Little League." Also, his prose is often mired in the painfully cute ("We once had a poorest-handwriting contest at the office. I came in first, secondand tied for third"). The disappointing chapter on geographic oxymorons is essentially a listing of towns, such as "Atlanta, Texas," "Manila, Utah," and "New England, North Dakota." While Jumbo Shrimp occasionally has entertaining moments, all in all Blumenfeld threatens to create a new oxymoron: humor book.
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