Pleonasms or Tautological Redundancies

(avoid redundancies or excessive repetitiousness by not using unnecessary repetitions and superfluous words or more word usages than is needed, desired, or required)

The use of pleonasms results in a superfluity of words, sometimes deliberately, for emphasis; or the unnecessary repetitions resulting from a lack of the realization that such terms are redundant.

A tautological statement, sentence, etc. repeats its meaning in an unnecessary or excessive way by using different words to say the same thing.

* The pleonasms followed by an asterisk (*) came from an essay, "The Affluent Rich"; by Nat Boynton in his book, Media Rare. My special thanks to Mr. Jerry Gordon for contributing a copy of the essay so I could go through it and pick out the "UR's" (Unnecessary Redundancies) or pleonasms.

Please contribute any pleonasms you may come across from any of the media and let's make this list even more significant as it expands. You may send your suggestion, or suggestions, to e-mail contact or use this e-mail address: [email protected]

armed assault and holdup *
ascend up
at this point in time
"At this time"; or "At this point" is more than adequate and is preferable!
ATM machine
Automated Teller Machine machine.
attach together
bad evil
BASIC code
Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code code.
basic fundamentals
beautiful vista to look out upon *
blood hemorrhage
boat marina *
boiling hot
botanical plants
breaking and entering
"Even the opening of a closed and unlocked door or window is sufficient to constitute a 'breaking' within terms of [legal] statute, so long as it is done with a burglarious intent." —Black's Law Dictionary.
buried and suffocated to death *

Also see the unit of pleio-, plio- words meaning, "more, most; excessive; multiple".