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    #1

    rewards in and of themselves

    I was wondering if you'd nicely help me to understand the meaning of the bolded part:
    "This is a popular vote. All nominations are rewards in and of themselves."

    I read it under a poll! Does that mean nominees are able to vote for themselves?

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: rewards in and of themselves

    No.

    It means that being nominated to be in the poll should be considered a "reward," and honor. Even if you don't win, it is an honor to have been nominated.

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    #3

    Re: rewards in and of themselves

    I am not a teacher.

    I have never said, 'In and of itself/themselves' or any other variant in my life, and don't expect to start doing so in the foreseeable future.

    It's an Americanism, and when I want to express this idea I omit the 'and of'.

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    #4

    Re: rewards in and of themselves

    Indeed it is an Americanism, and we use it.

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