Spot the Pleonasm!
Jedley on 01/26/2006
|A pleonasm is essentially a redundancy, an unnecessary excess of words. |
A typical example would be "a pair of twins": if they're twins, they can't be anything but a pair, right?
But the real question is, did anyone catch the OTHER pleonasm I just slipped past you there?
Think about it. Excess already means unnecessary abundance, right? Which makes appending 'unnecessary' to 'excess' perfectly... unnecessary.
Get it? Good, because now you're going to have to scope out the one sentence in five that contains (or in one case does NOT contain) a pleonasm.
But let me give you some advance warning: many of them are so deeply ingrained in our way of speaking that many of you probably didn't even notice that I just said 'advance warning' and 'deeply ingrained'!
(Warnings can only be given in advance, and if it's ingrained, that means it's deep.)
Mwahahahahahaha! (diabolical laughter)
Proceed at 'your own personal' (sic!) risk!
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