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  Pleonasm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pleonasm is the use of more words (or even word-parts) than necessary to express an idea clearly.
Often pleonasm is understood to mean a word or phrase which is useless, clichéd, or repetitive.
This is a good reason for careful speakers and writers to be aware of pleonasms, especially with cases such as "tuna fish", which is only normally used in some dialects of American English, and would sound strange in other variants of the language, and even more odd in translation into other languages.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pleonasm   (3002 words)

 Tomato Nation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I had a feeling the difference between "pleonasm" and "tautology" had to do with pleonasms being phrases, while tautologies appear to be clauses.
A pleonasm, on the other hand, is a repetition that only serves as a repetition, i.e.
But the bottom line, I think, is that a tautology is intentional repetition for rhetorical effect, and a pleonasm is closer to a malapropism.
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Pleonasm (Greek πλεονασμος, "excess") was defined by Fowler as "the using of more words than are required to give the sense intended".
The first examples are known as vicious pleonasms because they are so obvious, with one word completely subsuming another, often adjacent.
The sound of the loud music drowned out the sound of the burglarization.
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Basically, a pleonasm is a redundant expression like "in one's own mind." It is the opposite of an oxymoron, which is an apparent contradiction like "artificial intelligence" or "airplane food." If prizes were awarded for the best oxymorons, "virtual reality" would certainly be a winner.
If the words "virtual reality" are seen not as noun and adjective but as "equal halves," the logic of calling VR a pleonasm is more palatable.
If you look to the right or the left, you will be very dissatisfied if the landscape moves along jerkily, with spatial and temporal aliasing, because aliased VR is the oxymoron while VR itself will be the pleonasm, whether we like the ring of the words or not.
www.eff.org /Net_culture/Virtual_reality/vr_negroponte.article   (1177 words)

The concepts of redundancy, pleonasm, and tautology are all virtually the same, meaning the use of more words that in necessary.
PLEONASM [16c: from Latin pleonasmus, Greek Pleonasmós ('more-ness') excess, redundancy].
Some common pleonasms attract little comment, such as free gift (gifts are by definition free) and plans for the future (plans cannot be about the present or past).
www.fun-with-words.com /redundancies.html   (490 words)

 Pleonasm definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms
Pleonasm: An excess in the number of parts or in the size of a growth.
Pleonasm comes from a Greek word (pleonasmos) meaning exaggeration or redundancy.
A pleonasm in language is also a redundancy.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9832   (178 words)

 The Mavens' Word of the Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Both pleonasm and tautology (and, for that matter, redundancy) refer to the needless repetition of words.
If there is a distinction, it is that pleonasm refers specifically to the use of more words than are necessary to convey a particular sense.
The word pleonasm is from Greek elements meaning 'to be excessive', and is first found in English in the early seventeenth century.
www.randomhouse.com /wotd/index.pperl?date=19990120   (452 words)

 What Mother Never Heard About Daylily Catalogs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Really a pleonasm is not a taboo topic for polite company.
A pleonasm is simply a redundant phrase such as "equal halves" or "I saw it with my own eyes".
The opposite of this term is an oxymoron which, in pleonastic terms, is a "cataclysmic catastrophe" known as the "unregistered introduction" or "named seedling".
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 Pleonasm, a list of redundant, repetitious statements
A pleonasm consists of two concepts (usually two words) that are redundant.
It means, “the use of more words than are necessary for the expression of an idea; redundancy.”; So it is that we go around in circles: pleonasm means tautology, which means redundancy, which means pleonasm, which means tautology, ad infinitum.
Now, as with the oxymora, we include pleonasms in sentences; some of them are from the mouths of famous celebrities.
www.wordfocus.com /pleonasm.html   (714 words)

 Dictionary.com/Word of the Day Archive/pleonasm
Dougan uses many words where few would do, as if pleonasm were a way of wringing every possibility out of the material he has, and stretching sentences a form of spreading the word.
Such a phrase from President Nixon's era, much favored by politicians, is "at this moment in time." Presumably these five words mean "now." That pleonasm probably does little harm except, perhaps, to the reputation of the speaker.
Pleonasm is from Greek pleonasmos, from pleon, "greater, more."
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 Home - Pleonasm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
We become more intelligent in the presence of the Pleonasm monolith.
A pleonasm is a phrase, wording or group of words which uses a number of words in excess of the number of words which would otherwise be required to express the concept in question most tersely or succinctly.
Readers are encouraged not to believe a single word on this wiki, while editors are encouraged to hide from the truth and deny it's very existence...
pleonasm.saewyc.net /index.php?title=Home&redirect=no   (215 words)

 Pleonasm Encyclopedia Articles @ CompleteIdiotsGuide.com (Complete Idiots Guide)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Pleonasm Encyclopedia Articles @ CompleteIdiotsGuide.com (Complete Idiots Guide)
The complex rules and forms of written language as distinct from spoken language were not as well developed as they are today when the books making up the Judeo-Christian Old Testament were written.
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 MedFriendly.com: Pleonasm
Pleonasm means excess (too much) in number or size of parts.
Pleonasm comes from the Greek word "pleonasmos" meaning "exaggeration."
You may not reprint or redisplay this material for commercial use without the express written consent of MedFriendly.com.
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 pleonasm | Word of the Day | English Rules   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
One of my favorite things to say in the workplace is "for your f.y.i." It just sounds so ridiculous to me that I get a kick out of myself every time I say it.
Sadly, one of my bosses a long time ago would say it all the time, not realizing that it was a pleonasm.
Other pleonasms have become pretty standard fare, though—particularly "PIN number" and "return back."
www.englishrules.com /wotd/2005/pleonasm.php   (143 words)

 factoids > figures of speech
An army of words escorting a corporal of thought.
Pointing out that some commonly accepted phrase is in fact a pleonasm is a form of insult:
A figure by which a word, or a particular form or inflexion of a word, is made to refer to two or more other words in the same sentence, while properly applying to or agreeing with only one of them (e.g.
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 Pink Thunder: Pleonasm
Hello there Pink Friend -- I celebrate the fact that I learned a new word today: pleonasm and I'd like to share it with you.
There are actually many pleonasms in our world.
I myself am guilty of using superfluous words to express a concept.
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 Pleonasms, a list of redundant, repetitious statements
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