A friend told me, “I want to listen to the news and know what’s going on in the world, but it’s really hard listening when the news is all bad.” She’s not alone. But, what if there were a word game to play, something fun to do while listening to all that bad news? Fun and bad news. Total opposites! Somewhat similar to an oxymoron—a figure of speech, usually one or two words, in which seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side. (organized mess, controlled chaos).
Without diminishing the importance of today’s news and current events, here’s a word game you can play while listening to the news. Following is a list of 100 oxymorons commonly heard in current news reports and news-related talk shows. When listening is difficult, focus on finding the words! See how long it takes before you’ve found them all.
barely dressed (without a mask!)
“Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.”—Learned Hand
“Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad.”—Manly Hall
“How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”—Herbert Spencer
“Words are the most powerful thing in the universe… Words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind.”—Charles Capps
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” —John Keating
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