Food Folly

 

What in the world is an oxymoron?


Fool Me Once, Shame on You

Sometimes we need a little reminder of how we regularly fool ourselves. My daughter, Jenny, shared on her Facebook page a pictorial message from Clean Eating with this inscription: “There is no such thing as junk food. There is junk and there is food.”

An Oxymoron is a figure of speech combining contradictory terms. “If it’s “Junk” then, it’s not “Food.” The Facebook message is a great reminder of how we use words to make ourselves feel better about our poor choices.

I left the comment, “Junk food is an oxymoron.”

Junk is something made from cheap or shoddy material. It’s worthless. One definition for junk sums up our fast food industry: “Having a superficial appeal or utility, but lacking substance.”

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me
When we regularly eat whole foods, we are nourishing our bodies. Whole foods are health building. Food is something that nourishes the body when eaten. The opposite of “junk food.” It’s an oxymoron. When you consume junk food, it tastes good and fills you up, but over time produces illness, not health.

Food Oxymorons
That got me thinking about oxymorons we frequently use about food. My favorite oxymoron is Jumbo Shrimp, even though I NEVER eat shell fish. It’s just about the worst food on the planet. (Click Here to find out one reason why. Click Here for another.)

If you have a favorite food oxymoron, leave it in the comment section below and tell us why.

For my amusement, I put together a list of food related oxymorons. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Junk Food
Jumbo Shrimp
Bitter Sweet
Turkey Ham
Sweet and Sour
Vegetarian Hamburger
Frito-Lay All-natural Chips
Bad Health
Cheese Steak
Cold Toast
Diet Ice Cream
Express Line
Fresh Prunes
Health Care System (Insert Obama Care)
Non-Dairy Creamer
Non-Fat Ice Cream
Oven Fried
Unsalted Saltines
Mild Jalapeño
Freezer Burn
Dry Ice
Dull Knife
Bland Spice
Cafeteria (hospital, airline, etc.) Food
Spare Rib
Vegetable Beef Soup

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