Every once in a while, I have something to say about tautologies – saying the same thing twice, superfluous words, double-speak.
So I thought I’d start a list here, and I’d love you to add to it.
In no particular order (as I’ve heard said many times) – And yes, I have heard or read all of these.
free gift extra bonus proven track record return back
attempt to try new innovations reduce down proceed forward
I myself was the only one there.
simultaneously at the same time a choice of options predict the future
expand out initially at the beginning a round circle
We are planning our future growth. (Ummm, it’s hard to plan past growth.)
I’ll add to this – both your suggestions and ones that I find – and let you know.
Happy tautology hunting!
So here we are, three weeks later with a bit of an update.
How about these synonyms for tautology:
pleonasm superfluity redundance circumlocution
roundabout phrases periphrasis ambages equivocalness padding
filler digression irrelevance
And what about these double-speakers:
HIV virus ATM machine PIN number
Not quite sure how to categorise this one!
Ears pierced while you wait.