Vocablet of the Day: Tautology

It’s vitally important to be concise and to the point in language, avoiding and eschewing unnecessary repetition and redundancy.  (If you think that sentence has something wrong with it, read on to find out why!)

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Clear language requires using as few words as possible to get your meaning across, avoiding needless saying of the same thing twice in different words.

'Prepay' means 'to pay in advance.' This sign is twice as long as it needs to be because it contains a tautology!

What do you think an ‘action sport’ would be?  Don’t all sports, by definition, involve action?  That’s why the term ‘action sports’ is a tautology — the same idea is expressed in the word ‘sports’ by itself.

“Short summary” and “necessary requirement” are two more examples of needlessly saying the same thing in different words.  Can you think of any others?  How many can you find in this post’s first sentence?

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