Sorry, can you repeat that word again please?

We sometimes use ‘pleonasms’ without giving them a second thought.

And what are they?

A ‘pleonasm’ is what we use when we repeat ourselves.

Here are some examples:

PIN means a ‘personal identification number’. So we don’t need to say ‘PIN number’.

And ‘vast majority’. ‘Majority’ means the largest part of a group. So we don’t need the word ‘vast’.

Did you catch that pleonasm in the heading? We don’t need ‘again’, because ‘repeat’ means to say again!

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Written by Christine Burgmer

17. August 2017