Well, here is another one that bothers me. On the news I have heard them talk about doing an arrest and finding illegal contraband. Hmmm. Isn’t all contraband illegal? Is there such a thing as legal contraband?
Digging in the dictionary for definitions of contraband, I found this:
Contraband is anything prohibited by law from being imported or exported. The term also means illegal or prohibited trade such as smuggling.
Sooo, in my mind saying illegal contraband is a redundancy.