Tautologies

tautology (n): needless repetition of an idea, statement, or word

1. shrug one’s shoulders
2. Good Samaritan
3. safe haven
4. the sky is falling down
5. general consensus
6. free of charge

More (6/6/2009):

7. PIN number
8. ISBN number
9. from whence (hat tip to Leslie Bradshaw)
10. wet water
11. migraine headache
12. reiterate
13. obviate the need for
14. Internet Web site

More (6/11/2009):

15. personally, I
16. ATM machine (hat tip to Marina Orlova)

More (6/15/2009):

17. so, therefore

More (7/30/2009):

18. and also

More (8/6/2009):

29. strategic communications
20. strategic partnership

More (8/17/2009):

21. but rather

More (9/5/2009), courtesy of Rob Reinalda at Ragan.com:

22. later this week
23. future plans
24. past history
25. X-year anniversary
27. please RSVP
28. whether or not

More (9/8/2009):

29. general public

More (1/12/2009):

30. afternoon siesta

More (8/4/2010):

31. tuna fish
32. inkpen

More (8/5/2010):

33. at this point in time
34. period of time
35. CAC card

More (9/2/2010):

36. UPC code

More (10/18/2011):

37. focus attention on

More (1/20/2012):

38. close proximity

More (2/23/2012):

39. chai tea

More (9/2/2014): From Merrill Perlman:

30. nod your head
31. quietly whisper
32. complimentary gift
33. evolved over time
34. frozen tundra
35. bouquet of flowers

Another (9/28/2014):

36. vitally important

More (10/15/2014):

37. advance planning
38. basic necessities

More (5/26/2015): From the Guide to Grammar and Writing:

39. 12 midnight
40. 12 noon
41. completely unanimous
42. cooperate together
43. each and every
44. end result
45. exactly the same
46. final completion

More (5/15/2017): From Richard Lauchman, author of Plain Style: Techniques for Simple, Concise, Emphatic Business Writing:

47. past experience
48. falling rain
49. depreciate in value
50. collaborate together

1 comment:

  1. Good Samaritan is not a tautology. "Good" or "Samaritan" alone does not mean the same thing as "Good Samaritan." Read the biblical story to see why.

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