There are many phrases we hear and use without giving them a second thought. But when we do, we wonder if it really makes sense. For instance: Why do we call a building full of many living quarters, apartments, when they’re really not apart at all, they’re all stuck together? Or why does a container full of sour cream have an expiration date? Will it get any sourer? And, when we say the lights went out, where did they go, and when will they be back?1
But there are other ways we can say things that do not compute. For instance, how can you be absolutely uncertain about something? Then there is one I saw in a furniture ad, “Genuine imitation leather.” Is there such a thing as a bankrupt millionaire? And what does the weatherman mean when he reports calm winds? Or a farmer stated that he found dead livestock? Then there’s one we hear so often on TV, equal opportunity. How can it be equal when it is based on race, gender, or ethnicity?
The point: many times we don’t think about what we are saying and how cluttered with oxymorons our conversation has become. But there is one thing we all need to make sure is accurate and unequivocal, that is when we say, I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and my neighbor as myself. If you’re not sure, don’t say it. But if it’s what you desire to do out of love for your Savior, then try to do your best every day. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 From Country Humor