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  1. marcoskot

    double dutch

    if I say very excellent (in German it is called doppelt-gemopellt) or something like this.
    is it called double dutch? I am not sure as double dutch is nonsense, which you do not understand. very excellent is understandable so it is not double dutch, is it?
    if i say 2 words and 1 of them is clearly redundant-what is it?
    thanks for help

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    Re: double dutch

    Double-dutch [which was a term originally used in England to mean German] is now use to mean gobbledegook - nonsense.

    "very excellent" is a tautology - the unnecessary and usually unintentional use of two words to express one meaning

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