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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pleonasms - Redundant Phrases

I'm learning about redundant writing.

You know, writing those pesky phrases that aren't necessary and make you look silly. Let's face it how often have you heard someone say, "It was an unexpected surprise..."?

Or, how about, "Receive my free gift"?

If it is a surprise, then it isn't unexpected.

If it is a gift, then isn't it free?

These redundant phrases are called pleonasms.

Here's a few more to remember to forget when writing:

(actual) experience
(advance) planning
(advance) reservations
(advance) warning
all meet (together)
(armed) gunman
at (12) midnight
at (12) noon
autobiography (of my life)
(awkward) predicament
(baby) boy was born

(basic) fundamentals
cease (and desist)
cheap (price)
(close) proximity
cold (temperature)
commute (back and forth)
consensus (of opinion)
(difficult) dilemma
each (and every)
(empty) space
(end) result
estimated (roughly) at
filled (to capacity)
(frozen) ice
(general) public

If I can write a book, so can you.

Just pick up a pen. And write something.

Go ahead. I dare you.

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