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Tautology

Post by Ausrose on 6th September 2014, 04:09

Tautology is a phrase or expression in which the same thing is said twice in different words. This is considered a grammatical error. Recently I was researching sports in roses and was reading an article written by a well known American rose author and I noticed she wrote " reverted back". This is an example of tautology. Sports can revert to the original not revert back to the original. For those who wondering I haven't joined the ranks of the grammatical police as I would be the last to criticise the grammar of others. At times some of the things I write  in the wee hours of the morning then read them the next day wow! Thank God for the editing feature of the forum.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 7th September 2014, 06:18

Morning Doug, have you got anymore of these types of Tautology, I have been trying to think of some ?
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Post by muscovyduckling on 7th September 2014, 12:02

Here's one I hear at work a bit: "he died of a fatal overdose", or "she was killed when she was fatally stabbed by her husband" etc etc. in both cases, the word 'fatal' is redundant because these people wouldn't have died/been killed f the situations weren't fatal, and we've already been told the outcome at the start of the sentence.

Sorry, I just realised these examples are a bit morbid! But you get the idea..


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Re: Tautology

Post by Ausrose on 7th September 2014, 12:55


  • John is always making predictions about the future. 
  • Michael hiked to the summit at the top of the mountain
  • Charlie told his mom he made it for her with his own hands

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 7th September 2014, 13:14

Not quite "tautology" but on the radio, they something along these lines "a person was stabbed to death and we are treating it as suspicious".
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Post by Ausrose on 7th September 2014, 15:34

A classic that came to mind this afternoon relates to when I was playing golf at Wallacia Golf Club back in the seventies when a mate made the comment, "that Japanese man from Japan is playing off the wrong tee."

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Post by muscovyduckling on 7th September 2014, 15:47

Hahah, that's gold! 

Yep David, the media say some stupid stuff sometimes! We find it a constant source of entertainment.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 8th September 2014, 06:34

How about "a person of interest is helping us with our investigation"
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