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Should one use 'on' or 'of' after trepidation?

Ex.
I have a few trepidations on attending college.

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I have a few trepidations of attending college.
 

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I'd generally use it in a prepositional pharse 'in fear and trepidation', complete with a spot of tautology. ;-)
 

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As a sesquipedalian, you might like to add 'pleonasm' to your collection. ;-)
 

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English has an abundance of tautological pairs like fear and trepidation and cease and desist.

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PS- did you see my post about contranyms? I don't know how to post links in this forum, but I thought 'yield' might be one for the list as it works in both directions. ;-)
 

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What are the contrary definitions of "yield"? (I see everything.)

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Ield give in- away
yield produce -towards
 
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1.) The whole sesquipedalian thing is just a joke. I like how the word sounds. Though, I do live in a rural section of the U.S., and, around the geniuses (and I use that word loosely) that live here, I am a sesquipedalian. Trust me, though, compared to any of you, I'm merely literate.

2.) I need to clear something up here. Tautology is, basically, using two synonyms in conjuction with each other (i.e., fear and trepidation). But pleonasm is using two synonyms (i.e., the man he said) when using one will suffice, but using the other in the same sentence is wrong.

Good lord, I hope that made sense. If not, please correct me.
 

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That's good enough for me.

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