redundancy


redundancy
redundancy

• ‘She is lively and vital enough to be a member of a terrorist gang.’ ‘Lively and vital,’ said Harvey, ‘lively and vital —one of these words is redundant.’ —Muriel Spark, 1984.

English idiom is characterized by redundancy, or apparent redundancy, and it is misguidedly pedantic to pick holes in discourse that includes it. Examples of idiomatic or functional repetition of words or ideas include ATM machine (the M in ATM already means ‘machine’), HIV virus (the V in HIV already means ‘virus’), the hoi polloi (hoi = ‘the’), LCD display (the D in LCD already means ‘display’), PIN number (the N in PIN already means ‘number’), safe haven (a haven is by definition safe), and armed gunman (a gunman is by definition armed).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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