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.