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NakedDriver

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2005 3:54:06 AM

we've all heard them. many of us use them without thinking about it. they have gotten so pervasive that sometimes it seems wrong _not_ to use one.
they come in many forms. one of the most common is to state an abbreviation and the last word it stands for. ever say "atm machine"? or "pin number"? you're guilty. see what it means? what is an automated teller machine _machine_ or a personal identification number _number_?
the second type says things explicitly when they already have been implied. one common example is "pouring down rain". why use three words when one ("pouring") accomplishes the same thing? what else but rain would you be talking about pouring, and have you ever seen it pour _up_? another of this type is "ink pen". what other kind of pen would you be talking about?
like the topic title, "repeat again" is another; i just added all that to make it more silly.
that said, i invite you to post a redundancy of any type, one per post, so you can get more points.
let's start, begin, and get going!
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Watching a documentary on PBS about WWII battleships. One historian is giving a guided tour of the dry dock where The Bismarck was built, and proclaims, "THIS is where The Bismarck was PHYSICALLY built!" Really? We all know it wasn't a piece of software or something that only existed on paper...
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For people who only work weekdays, the holiday we had yesterday is a redundancy. After all, for them, EVERY Friday is good!
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Something I heard on Amtrak while coming home from Saint Lewis: "Last and final call for Springfield!"
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 9:51:24 PM

In downtown Chicago there is a well-known venue called the Auditorium Theater. Granted I'm posting this without having looked up the definitions of those words, but to me it reeks of redundancy. Thoughts NakedDriver?
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Tesoro Corp is confident its refineries in California and Washington can operate with non-union workers for a "very long period of time," as refinery strikes across the nation enter a 12th day, Chief Executive Greg Goff told analysts on Thursday.

Thanks, Mr. Goff, for that lovely redundancy, a "period of time." And thanks, GasBuddy, for posting it so I could add it to this list!
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Out this way, when there's road construction, an orange sign is placed reading "Prepare To Stop." And another hundred feet beyond it, yep, you guessed it, a second "Prepare To Stop" sign. Redundancy means safety, I guess.
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The next consequence
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Lyrics to George Harrison's I Got My Mind Set On You. (And a few hundred-thousand other song lyrics).

I Got My Mind Set On You
I Got My Mind Set On You

I Got My Mind Set On You
I Got My Mind Set On You
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Mr. Mister (Pop band)
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Sirhan Sirhan
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I often hear, "The preliminary hours leading up to..."
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"Pre-owned" car to replace the reference "used".
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ə okay, have you ever wondered this:
since a clock tells time, why do they call the device used to record employee time a time clock? ə
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"Well-kempt" - this one actually made it into the Dictionary. But kempt means "well cared for" so that extra well is, well, unwell.The Well-Kempt Redundancy
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Complete stop (Doesn't "stop" mean to cease all motion?)
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Stamped on a police accident report: "COPY OF ORIGINAL."

I suppose it's copiously comforting to know the cops didn't copy a copy of a copy of a copy.
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Local grocery store advertising a Christmas special on "full half ham" for 88 cents a pound. What else would you expect, a "half half ham?" That would only be a quarter or 25 cents.
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Today's news article on safe home heating has its opening paragraph duplicated!
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True fact!
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NakedDriver, your post dated Sep 21, 2014 9:16:29 PM in the "Congratulations NakedDriver!" topic has one:

2nd paragraph starts off, "lots of biking...". 4th paragraph starts with "i got in 73km on the bike..."

It's safe to assume that 73km = "lots of", right? :-D
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Illinois State University
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Back in the days when brickmakers used to mark their products by stamping the wet clay with their company name or initials -- the words "_____ BRICK CO." or "_____ B Co" were commonly used. Somewhat redundant to take such effort when the item you are holding . . . is most assuredly a "brick."
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