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]

conniption fit
Conniption = a hysterical fit caused by extreme excitement or anger.
Fit = a show of strong emotion; especially, anger.
consecutive extra points in a row *
constant nagging
Nagging means, "constantly finding fault" or "constantly reminding or urging".
continuing on
couture fashion
current incumbent
dark night
DC current
Direct Current current.
dead corpse
definite decision
Department of Redundancy Department
descend down
descent down
diametrically opposed
different variation *

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