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    Default Unecessary repetition of meaning

    I am struggling to remeber the term which is used to describe when an unnecessary repetition of words results in stating the same thing twice

    eg

    "john repeatedly iterated his opinion on the matter"

    you either say repeatedly or iterated, you don't need both

    but what is it called when this is done?

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    redundancy?

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    How about tautology

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    tautology is deliberate, i'm talking about accidental use


    there is a grammatical term for it but I cannot for the life of me think what it is... it's not anywhere in the glossary i've looked already.

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    In that case I would agree with H Caulfield.

    See: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=redundancy

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    thanks for your help guys but that's not it

    im sure there is a specific technical term for it

    don't make me get in touch with my old english teacher! It was he who told me about it some 5 years ago. It's driving me nuts trying to remember what it was.


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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Elbonio
    thanks for your help guys but that's not it

    im sure there is a specific technical term for it

    don't make me get in touch with my old english teacher! It was he who told me about it some 5 years ago. It's driving me nuts trying to remember what it was.


    don't make me get in touch with my old english teacher!


    We would hate that!

    how about a pleonasm?

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    Yes!

    that's it!

    Thanks so much.

    I can now sleep at night.




    May I suggest this is added to the glossary?

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    how about a pleonasm?
    Superb! Thanks again Marylin!

    Quote Originally Posted by Elbonio
    May I suggest this is added to the glossary?
    You certainly can. I'll see what we can do and we'll notify you in this thread when it's up.

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    Default Re: Unecessary repetition of meaning

    I'll put it up, but they're the same, pretty much, an ironically interesting example of redundancy in terminology:
    http://www.fun-with-words.com/redund...#What_Pleonasm

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