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How do you pronounce 'Oxymoron'?

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msrisotto Fri 15-May-15 12:28:36

I pronounce 'oxy' 'moron'.
My DH pronounces it 'oximoran' - stress on the i. He's the weird one, right?

PoppyBlossom Fri 15-May-15 12:29:52


TheMoa Fri 15-May-15 12:30:29

Oxy-more-on, I think. I can't recall ever having said it out loud grin.

msrisotto Fri 15-May-15 12:31:53

Just found this, think it proves i'm right! [smug]

DrankSangriaInThePark Fri 15-May-15 13:05:07

The stress is in the second syllable so he is right.

msrisotto Fri 15-May-15 13:09:48

Hmm, OED agrees with me

DrankSangriaInThePark Fri 15-May-15 13:23:27

grin that will teach me to click on the first google link I find...(some non-descript online dictionary thingy)

Oxy-More-On still doesn't sound as nice though, but always good when a dp is wrong!

DrankSangriaInThePark Fri 15-May-15 13:24:29

Gah! That grin was supposed to be a blush

I'll give up for today I think.

GooseyLoosey Fri 15-May-15 13:37:43

This one of dh's favourite terms and he would say it just as you do.

PrimalLass Fri 15-May-15 13:42:17

I thought it was ox-i-mirin too.

Grantaire Fri 15-May-15 13:45:55

I can't even work out how your DP says it.

I pronounce it like you. Or 'the right and only way' if you like. grin

MirandaGoshawk Fri 15-May-15 17:17:26

You are right. I've never heard of the other way. I think that DrinkSangria and your DH should go & stand in the corner.

emwithme Fri 15-May-15 18:08:03

Ox (the animal)
Ee (by gum)

Stress on the first bit of "more"

msrisotto Fri 15-May-15 18:14:04

It's really hard to spell it out phonetically Grantaire, but i'll give it another try!

i (as in tip)
ma (as in marine? majestic?)

Emphasis on the i - second syllable.

The last 2 syllables are all squashed together so it's hard to hear the vowel sounds.

Grantaire Fri 15-May-15 20:42:29


ShootTheMoon Fri 15-May-15 20:49:13

I'm uncertain but I have definitely heard it pronounced both ways by Cambridge English faculty. I actually prefer ox-im-eron to oxy-moron but have so little opportunity to use it these days...

msrisotto Fri 15-May-15 21:01:41

YES Grantaire!

Deafeningsilence Thu 09-May-19 06:02:09

I registered for this account just to answer this question. I don't know if the "y" sound is correct at all, but ox-sim (like the game Sims or Simpson) er (like grrrr/er)-on I know is in fact correct. Even dictionaries don't have this pronunciation, and it is very difficult to hear someone say it the right way. I think society has actually changed the pronunciation and the old pronunciation is obsolete. But I know the pronunciation shown above is correct and may be the "real" way to say it. It may be the modern dictionaries that are wrong, but if you get a dictionary from the 50's or so it should have this pronunciation. Weird I know.

pepperpot99 Fri 17-May-19 16:53:51


'Oksy-moron' sounds ridiculous.

Cedilla Sun 09-Jun-19 11:01:12

As OP says - Oxi-MORE-on

Stress on 'more', pronounced with a short 'i'. So actually it does sound like 'oksy-moron' - why is that ridiculous? confused I don't understand how 'ok-sim-or-on' would be any different.

Notcopingwellhere Fri 28-Jun-19 10:20:59


You’re wrong. It is 100% definitely oksy-moron.

pepperpot99 Fri 28-Jun-19 12:49:39

According to whom, Notcopingwellhere ?

That's my pronunciation. Or perhaps you'd prefer 'pronounciation' ? wink

Notcopingwellhere Fri 28-Jun-19 12:57:56

According to dictionaries and people who use the word in conversation! Are you that policeman from ‘Allo ‘Allo?

pepperpot99 Fri 28-Jun-19 13:45:27

Nope, just someone who is pretty good with the language. Trust me, it's OK-SIMM-OR-ON. You simply cannot trust modern dictionaries - they have words like 'irregardless' in them shock.

and just to be especially pedantic, surely that ought to be 'Hello Hello'?

Notcopingwellhere Fri 28-Jun-19 13:59:07

You’re not “good with the language”. You are wrong. The OED is hardly a modern dictionary.

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