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©A Redundant Repetition of Pleonasms (Tautologically Speaking)

(copyright 2007)


            Redundancy, or as I like to say, redundancy, has become a contagious epidemic in this land and/or country. Now, I don’t want to create an unpredictable emergency, but there’s too darn many people repeating themselves over and over and over again and it keeps recurring like some fortuitous accident. Not only do fat obese people do it, but also those with no weight problem at all, like the slim and fit. I don’t care who you are, redundancies should never be repeated twice.

            I’ll try very hard not to be trite or hackneyed, because I believe clichés and old worn out sayings should be avoided like the plague. But I’ll continue to keep on going as I give you some common examples to illustrate the point I want to prove.

            How often times have you heard someone say ATM machine or, in other words, automated teller machine machine. Have you ever said PIN number? If so, you actually said, “Private Identification Number number.”

            Or, for your FYI, The La Brea Tar Pits, which is literally: the the tar tar pits.

            What about the Rio Grande River or estimated ETA? How many of you have taken an ACT test? Is that an affirmative yes? Do you ever watch the CNN News Network? I don’t really care if you watch CNN, just don’t repeat news network, again.

            Did your grandmother ever say to you, “Get that plastic bag off your head before you suffocate yourself to death.”?………No?…… Well…maybe that was just me.

            It’s okay for me to make fun of people who echo redundancies like they’re going out of style, because I am a professional hack, who writes for a living and I do have a very high IQ quotient. So, please, don’t you try this at home in your environment, because I know exactly what I’m doing, even before I do it. When I see this stuff with my own eyes, I have to say something audible. And when I hear people talk that way, saying things like that, I feel like I’m on an incline going uphill.

            I think it’s absolutely essential that we listen to what we say, get the actual facts and advance forward without using iterations and reiterations. We’ve got to face our mistakes face to face and not just let them disappear until we can’t we can’t see them anymore.

            I wrote an autobiography of my life, with memories I’ll always remember, and I was very careful to be attentive of not repeating myself repetitively, because it probably wouldn’t look good for someone who uses words to write with for a living, professionally speaking, to make such blatantly obvious mistakes. I personally think it would be very amateurish, not to mention, unprofessional.

            I want to thank you for your time and attention, not to mention the duration of your courtesies. You’ve been much more than a dead corpse and I hope to speak orally to you again, sometime in the future.

            You see, words and I have had a beautiful relationship together and I could go on forever into infinite, but I haven’t got that much time. I’ll procrastinate later, but for now, just remember, repeating yourself over and over again is very repetitive. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Redundancies should never be repeated twice.


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