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]

CAD design
Computer-Aided Design design
cash money
Seen on a highway sign.
CD disks
Compact Disk disks.
cease and desist
circulated around
classic tradition
classify into groups
climb up
close proximity
close scrutiny (s) (noun), close scrutinies (pl)
A careful and detailed examination of something in order to get information about it: A close scrutiny of the plumbing in the apartment building revealed a defective pipe that needed to be replaced.
CNN news network
Cable News Network news network.
co-equal partners *
cold frost
cold ice

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