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 and a sublime sort of sense. A brilliant, comprehensive and unorthodox text-book 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.