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ThurmSpeaks::I Learned a New Word: Pleonasm

On 7 July 2008, EastValleyTribune.com had a posting with the headline: "Mesa removes negative graffiti of Arpaio."

The EastValleyTribune.com's use of the phrase "negative graffiti" prompted me to learn a new word.

"Negative graffiti" is the opposite of "positive graffiti" and "positive graffiti" is an oxymoron. I didn't know what word is the opposite of oxymoron so I surfed the web for help and I found the word pleonasm.

"Negative graffiti" is a pleonastic phrase.


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 08 July 2008