Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe is a comprehensive but concise compendium of paradoxical sense and nonsense.


The book’s investigation itself is a bit of oxymoronica: it creates sense out of paradoxes and oxymorons, which seem at first to be nonsense. Grothe discusses this very phenomenon in his book.

Much of the time paradoxes are merely implied, but that detracts nothing from the irony:

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

This was said by American humorist Robert C. Benchley. Perhaps the great Oscar Wilde can give us some words of wisdom:

George Moore wrote brilliant English until he discovered grammar.

To be natural is a very difficult pose to keep up.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.

Would I recommend this book? I certainly would, but then again, as George Bernard Shaw advised:

Never take anybody’s advice.

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