You must be very confused when you come across such phrases in literature. And you need not worry because Feeding Trends has come to your rescue. We will make you a Grammar Nazi.
These phrases are a part of the figure of speech known as OXYMORON. It presents a self-contradiction in order to bring out the paradox.
You may be puzzled for hours if you sit to take out the literal meaning of these phrases. Because they don't mean what they might look like.
Here is a list of oxymorons that you must know:
1. Open Secret
Something that everyone knows but pretends not to know.
2. Living Dead
Something that is alive but very dull and boring.
3. Noisy Silence
Something that keeps on echoing in the mind even when you are alone.
4. Bright Smoke
Something that is done with wrong intentions and is clearly visible.
5. Sick Health
Something that looks perfectly fine but is unable to function properly.
6. Cold Fire
Something that is dying out each moment with no chances of revival.
7. Loving Hate
Something that is boycotted purposely.
8. Rich Beggar
Someone who has less stuffs but is contented with it.
These were 8 oxymorons that will help you to become grammatically more correct. Although, unfortunately, the list ends here.
But, congratulations! You are one step closer to becoming the Grammar Nazi.
Next time you come across them, make sure you decipher the paradox hidden in the self-contradiction. (And thank us later.)