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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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This mind-boggling legal document: "Motion to Deem Admissions Admitted"
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On a PBS documentary: "These extraordinary Americans all share one thing in common..."
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(If I'm close enough to a speaker, will I be in the shadow of his voice?)
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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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Heard on headset during a show rehearsal: We're starting over
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Filename extension for Vmware's virtual machine file: ".vmwarevm" Well, both iterations of "vm" stand for "virtual machine"!
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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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Iowa State University! Because Iowa IS a state...
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Spotted in New York State, near the Hudson River: "Saw Kill Creek".

Well, "kill" in this context is the Dutch word for "creek"...
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End result! (Which happens to be the name of a band I saw last weak-end...)
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Something an IT guy at a radio network said to me today: "Plain old POTS line".

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"The driver has been dismissed out of the lawsuit." More legalese from an actual attorney's letter. Dismissal = out of the lawsuit.
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Bora Bora. Anyone know why they need one more o' Bora?
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Headline on Yahoo News: "Suspicious resident tipped police to Calif. wildfire suspects".

Well, yeah, if this person put forth the effort to inform police of suspects, then he/she is by nature suspicious of someone, right?

Or are they trying to say that this informant is not to be trusted somehow?
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Pre-existing condition
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The character Yum Yum in "The Mikado." One yum would presumably be enough to get the point across that she was "yummy."
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I work for a guy who sometimes asks me to do "small little" jobs...
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Taxi! Taxi! -- cab company with offices in Santa Monica, CA. (Other cab services across the country also have this name.)

Taxi! Taxi!

Have a look see for yourself. (Ooops, there I go with another one.)
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ə hsa (health savings account) account. ə
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USA Gasoline Gasoline, a popular brand around southern California. "USA Gasoline" is the brand name. California law requires service stations to also post the product on the pump (such as gasoline or diesel). So "Gasoline Gasoline" it is.
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One of my posts on the Spoonerism topic I created - oops... :-/
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A Chicago suburb called Hometown - which, if you were born there, stating as such could be somewhat like the "Who's On First" comedy sketch!
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All the paper documents I've been given by doctors and nurses since my heart attack, which I finally sorted out this past weak-end: I found duplicates and triplicates of the same informational handouts...

[Edited by: spmaudio at 12/11/2013 9:50:52 PM EST]
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...and several different handouts presenting essentially the same information!
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An entertainment venue in downtown Chicago: The Auditorium Theater!
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Rural countryside
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Deja Vu all over again
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Extended Thanksgiving weekend
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My last two posts on your "Wave to NakedDriver..." topic! :-)
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Last Wednesday I met with a dietician, and was told that my sodium intake can be as high as "3000 milligrams" a day. I thanked her for the good advice and productive meeting - but forgot to thank her for the redundancy that earned me 20 points here on Gas Buddy! :-)
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1:17:11 PM

@ NakedDriver: "agar-agar" is hyphenated, so are you SURE it's not a redundancy? It seems to me that if the second "agar" means the same thing as the first, it would then truly be a redundancy, in the same way as our perennial favorite, "ATM machine". But if the second "agar" has a different meaning, or if "agar-agar" means something completely different from "agar", then sure, it would be a tautonym.

At least that's my opinion. Any Latin experts out there?
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Highway A1A along our Eastern seaboard means "Alternate 1-A" where the "A" also means Alternate.
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BTW, note that I did NOT write "OBD diagnostic..." :-)
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 11:10:26 AM

The OBD code chart in the 2002-4 Toyota Tacoma service manual has this entry for code P0446: "Same as DTC No. P0441" However, between the entries for P0446 and P0441 is code P0442, which lists 13 possible causes that duplicate 13 of the 15 causes listed for P0441. Couldn't there have been a less redundant way??
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 2:00:59 PM

ə “agar-agar” (usually written as only one of the two parts) is not a redundancy but a tautonym. other examples of this form are “tartar” and “170170”. the next tautonym of significance for me is 1212 days of posting (1111 is both a tautonym and palindrome).
my redundancy for today is “free gratis” since both words mean without cost. ə
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In an article on HP: "...it has little proprietary technology of its own."
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It's in seaweed, ice cream, and in beer, and Petri dishes with bacteria you fear: Agar-agar.
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Recently a colleague told me to get "a bunch of extra spare parts"...
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Something a nurse said to me today, while we were discussing my meds: "[It] also does the same thing also..." I tried really, REALLY hard to keep a straight face!
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2013 12:25:23 AM

Moose gets in here, too! His Latin name is "Alces alces."
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