Daily Archives: April 20, 2009

Redundant words and phrases –Do you use them?

redundant-words-phrases1Redundancies are rampant in our language. Most use them without even thinking.

Definition: A word, words or phrases used in excess of those necessary for clarity. Actually, my post on exact same is a redundancy.

Check these out:

  • Complete opposite – can it be somewhat opposite?
  • ATM machine – The M in ATM is for machine.
  • HIV virus – HIV means Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • PIN number – The N already stands for number
  • Armed gunman – come on journalists, quit using this
  • ER room – This one has been around forever. Emergency room room?
  • IRA account – It is not necessary to say account
  • Advanced notice – duh!
  • Free gift – What other kind is there?
  • 7 a.m. in the morning – This really bugs me.
  • Pair of twins – Isn’t that how they usually come?
  • Attached together – (not the twins)
  • Revert back – well, revert means to go back
  • Past history – as opposed to future history maybe?
  • How about final outcome and added bonus?

It really bothers me when someone says in his or her personal opinion. Closely tied to this is “a friend of mine.”

I will stop now. My spellchecker hates most of what I typed. Apparently, it does not like redundant words or phrases either. Do we have a consensus of opinion (oops) on this?

Give me some other examples, please.

4/22  Leonard McDonnell (distant relative?) in Melbourne, Australia offered tuna fish as a redundant phrase.  What other kind of tuna is there, he askes.

4/24  Phil Earnhardt, who was at the Fort Collins Tweetup, mentioned a phrase that bugs him.  It is close proximity. He says, ” I oppose close proximity; I’m constantly seeking distant proximity.”

4/26  Lori Evans  (femme_artiste on Twitter) said, “Pair of twins: Only works if you’re talking about 4 people!”  So true.

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