Paradox and Oxymoron are inextricably linked in this definitive study. When language is pushed beyond metaphor into the further reaches of oxymoron, where opposites meet, or into the paradox itself - where the truth lies - the results are ridiculously revealing. Patrick Hughes' premise is that logic taken to its logical conclusion becomes absurdity. A brilliant, comprehensive and unorthodox textbook of words and pictures from many periods and places, this book is a warm tribute rather than a cold rebuke to the contradiction in terms. Paradoxymoron is about vicious circles and infinity, relativity and nothing: a topsy-turvy world of serious jokes and foolish wisdom.