Pleonasms, Redundancies & Redundant Phrases
by wpengine on December 8, 2013
Discuss this pleonasm in the comments below.
My job is to maintain letter templates and to also check a portion of letters sent by our admin staff for occasions where there are no system generated letters.
Our complaints response letters used to include the rather marvelous ‘to prevent this error from re-occurring again in the future’. ARRRGGGGHHHH!! It is now a much neater and less tongue twisting ‘to prevent this error from occurring again’. I had to put up a fight to get ‘in the future’ removed. Had to convince those who think they know better that the error was not likely to occur again anywhere in the past.
“Had to convince those who think they know better that the error was not likely to occur again anywhere in the past.”
That’s a great one, smee61!
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pleonasm: 1. the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy. 2. an instance of this, as free gift or true fact. 3. a redundant word or expression.