Results for - The Department of Redundancy Department

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1. In the English language it commonly occurs that one term (a word or phrase) is paired with another where one of them is simply a reiteration of the other or is used to modify what is already implied by the other. "Lift up" is an example of this because the word "up" is already implied by the word "lift". "Moonlighting on the side" is another example since "moonlighting" already means something that is done "on the side". Sometimes these redundant expressions are used purposely for emphasis but usually they occur unintentionally being so engrained in the language that we hardly pay them any mind. Since they are so common is there at least one from the following list that you periodically find yourself using? (unnecessary word or phrase in parenthesis)

(close) proximity
31%
505 votes
(false) pretense
26%
426 votes
skipped (over)
30%
502 votes
(safe) haven
29%
473 votes
(free) gift
37%
618 votes
flew (through the air)
23%
385 votes
combine (together)
20%
337 votes
(added) bonus
31%
506 votes
None of these /Not Applicable
33%
551 votes

2. It's hard to imagine there is any English speaker who hasn't used each of those at least once. Here are some more... how many of these are you intimately familiar with?

(temper) tantrum
56%
923 votes
(armed) gunman
40%
665 votes
(unconfirmed) rumor
33%
544 votes
(advance) warning
45%
751 votes
(past) history
49%
806 votes
(foreign) imports
35%
583 votes
few (in number)
30%
491 votes
(basic) fundamentals
31%
520 votes
None of these /Not Applicable
25%
421 votes

3. Are there any other examples of this that you often hear and/or find somewhat humorous? (If so, you can leave a comment below.)

Yes
16%
271 votes
No
84%
1,380 votes
09/24/2015 Education 1651 33 Anonymous

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