Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Exercise in Redundancies & Tautologies

It is a true fact that there are a seven days until the next class, so in that time period while in the safe haven of your home and hearth and while you are reading and not seeing the sights I would like you, during that time period, to collect two pleonasms and then load them as comment to this blog assignment.


Mary Mancone said...

Mary Mancone
Section 2671

1) Uphill Climb: The heavy support that Clinton won among Hispanics suggested that he could face an uphill climb to win that important group in California, New York and New Jersey, the three most populous states with primaries on Feb. 5

In this sense, I think they are trying to say that Obama may face challenges or struggles. But whether up or down, a "climb" denotes some use of energy or even struggle.

2)Street-side panhandling: Street-side panhandling in Gainesville has dropped off significantly since it was banned by the Gainesville City Commission in July, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

According to Merriam-Webster Online, panhandling is done on the streets.

Anonymous said...

Andrew Gasdick
Section 2670

1) "The researchers developed a new innovation." Innovations are by definition new, so the modifier is not needed.

2) "He contracted the HIV virus." HIV is an acronym for human immunodeficiency virus, so the words "the" and "virus" are not needed.

Megan Heron said...

Orange County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez, who often speaks with the Sheriff's Office gang units on gang-related activity in her district, said the state's legislative efforts will help local law-enforcement agencies and residents.

- from The Orlando Sentinel

Advertising is by far the costliest element of presidential campaigning, and the combined total of advertising in this election cycle is expected to reach close to $3 billion, $1 billion more than was spent in the 2004 presidential campaign.

--from Foxnews.com

Anonymous said...

Lindsey Tassin
Section 2670

1.)More than a dozen buildings on Parker, Market and Springfield streets were either damaged or completely destroyed.

Completely is not necessary with the word destroyed.


2.)Albanian leaders, and those in Kosovo, have carefully avoided mentioning the controversial issue of unification with Albania and using the term greater Albania because of its negative connotations.

If it is an issue, it is most likely controversial.

Lilly said...

Should Convicted Felons Have Voting Rights?
As federal and state prison populations continue to swell and the 2000 elections are fast approaching, the issue of voting rights for convicted felons has gained increasing attention from candidates and the media. With the exceptions of Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, the remaining 46 states and the District of Columbia prohibit inmates serving felony convictions from voting in any public elections. While a majority of states restore voting rights to convicted felons after they complete their prison terms or probation periods, at least ten states, including Virginia, Delaware and New Mexico permanently prohibit former felons from voting.

a FELON is a person who has been convicted of a felony. They must be convicted in order to be one, therefore CONVICTED FELON is incorrect.

Clinton Township police are seeking information about an ATM machine theft at 3:20 a.m. today from the Citgo gas station on Harper near 14 Mile.
The thieves are also believed to be responsible for a similar incident an hour later at Moross and Mack in Detroit, where another ATM machine was snatched from a Walgreen store, Maierle said.

ATM is an abbreviation for automated (or automatic) teller machine. Machine is included in the acronym and is unnecessary at the end of ATM>

Lilly said...

...i mean abbreviation.
ATM is an abbreviation.

Stacy Fournier said...

Stacy Fournier

building up: “Not much is known about the alleged rogue trader at French bank Societe Generale, who has apparently left the firm after building up over $7.2 billion in losses over the past year.” – Forbes.com

all-time profit record: “Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, is within striking distance of setting an all-time profit record - again.” – CNNMoney.com


1. Violent brawl:

A man who died in November after he was shocked with a Taser stun gun during a violent brawl with officers died because of his cocaine use, not the weapon, Miami-Dade police said Thursday.

(I've never heard of a gentle brawl)

2. Key point:

Representatives of American colleges and universities and the U.S. Department of Education moved toward agreement on Thursday on several key points of a new grant program for aspiring teachers but suspected some issues couldn't be resolved without intervention by Congress.

(If someone makes a point, doesn't that make it "key"?)

Amanda said...

Amanda Del Duca
Section 2671

1. "Last year, Cravath, Swaine & Moore tried a more direct approach, offering associates an added bonus of as much as $50,000, on top of regular annual bonuses that range from $35,000 to $60,000."

*Added bonus

The Falling-Down Professions

2. "For two weeks, an ATM machine -- ordinary-looking in just about every way, but completely bogus -- operated in a shopping mall near here, giving nothing but apologetic receipts that said no transactions were possible."

*ATM Machine

One Less Thing to Believe In: Fraud at a Fake Cash Machine.

Anonymous said...

April Dudash
Section 6011

1)For the first time, New York City residents will be able to vote by "puffing" and "sipping" air through a straw, pumping a foot pedal, touching a computer screen or pressing flat plastic shapes — two triangles, a circle and a square — affixed to the four corners of a specially configured keyboard.
-NY Times

"Pedal" is defined as a foot-operated lever, so it's redundant.

2)But the perception that Mr. Eskew has actively worked to besmirch a fellow classmate has upset at least some fellow members of the class of 1972, which had about 325 students.
-NY Times

"Fellow" doesn't add anything to the statement. We already know that they were in class together.

Anonymous said...

Megan Jeffers
Section 2670

1. Advance Warning:
The Mitchell Report suggests why: it appears Bonds received advanced warning of two tests in 2003.

2. Join Together:
"Dictators say a lot of things, and most of them can be discounted, including that," said White House press secretary Dana Perino in response, adding Bush on Wednesday would urge other nations to join together in promoting democracy in Cuba.

lacamp86 said...

"The existing Snowmass village mall already seems to climb up the mountain with a dizzying array of shops, bars, restaurants and skier and snowboard services."


The phrase "climb up" is redundant.

"Tuna Fish Stories: The Candidates Spin the Sushi"

The phrase "tuna fish" is redundant for readers, especially since it is the headline and takes up more space than necessary.


Becca said...


"When I hear the cynical talk that blacks and whites and Latinos can’t join together and work together, I’m reminded of the Latino brothers and sisters I organized with, and stood with..."



"Spring training was three weeks away, and the first warning had been issued.

Meet the new boss. Not exactly the same as the old boss, but still a lot alike."


Megan said...

Megan Miller, sec. 2672
1. "social stigma"... from a Post-Secret post this week.
I think that by definition a stigma is socially given, you can't have a stigma that isn't social. You don't need that word.

2. "divisive issue"... from an article about the California governor's health care plans and voting going on Monday. If it is an issue it is probably divisive, controversial, debatable... the word isn't needed.

Marly said...

Marly Falcon
Section 6011

1)"It'll be the first marathon for Carol Williams, who is running to celebrate turning 50; Allison Earnst, who has her hands full with three young children."

-From the Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/1057/story/387511.html

We all know that the word "children" already means people that are young in age. Therefore, the word "young" can be deleted.

2)"As for Hilda, she wants seniors to know there's a dangerous downside to sex in their golden years."

-The Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/story/396101.html

Since the word "downside" means the negative aspect of something, the word "dangerous" can be deleted.

Anonymous said...

eye witness:
Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)
November 20, 2007 Tuesday
Windham father guilty of beating infant son
BYLINE: By Lisa Redmond
“Defense attorneys argued there is no evidence or eye witnesses to prove Fandozzi, a disbarred attorney and stay-at-home dad, hurt his son.”

added bonus:
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin)
January 10, 2008 Thursday
“As an added bonus the band will be releasing its latest studio album. The title of ‘Mike Zirkel’ is an attempt to correct an oversight in which Smart Studios engineer Zirkel was not credited for mixing the Gomers' previous release. Ironically Smart Studios engineer and Madison Media Institute instructor Doug Olson (aka Mr. Colson) mixed ‘Mike Zirkel.’”

Anonymous said...

Ashley Furrow
Section 6011
1) Completely destroyed: A two-alarm blaze in Delaware County completely destroyed a autoparts shop and has created an early morning nightmare for commuters. A three mile stretch of Route 322, a major traffic artery, was shut down between between Interstate 95 and Route 452 North in Upper Chichester Township.

2) Hollow tube: For a laparoscopic appendectomy, a small (less than the width of an index finger) incision is made below the belly button, through which a hollow tube is inserted into the abdomen.

Erica Lauren said...

1. angrily ridiculed: "Smart's brother, Dean, Angrily ridiculed Flynn's written request for early release..." CNN.com
2. personal opinion: "...time to move past personal opinion..." MSNBC.com

-Erica Weiffenbach

Anonymous said...

Jennifer Keil
Section 2670

1)Virtually every seat in Philips Arena was filled to watch the skills competition Saturday night and the downtown arena was filled to capacity Sunday night for the game itself.

If the arena was filled, then it had to have been to capacity.

2)Back in the mundane world of campaign "bundlers" and $2,300 checks, Obama must contend with additional attention on his past history with Rezko...

History by definition is in the past.

Laura said...

Laura Novetzke
Section 2670

1. "A $10 dry cleaning bill for a pair of trousers has ballooned into a $67 million civil lawsuit."

-ABC News

"civil lawsuit?" What other kind of lawsuit is there?

2. "UARF Launches New Innovation Campus"

-The University of Akron Web site

ian koslow section 2670 said...

Stark differences- There are such stark differences between the two tenures, and yet Belichick remains essentially the same person, just not entirely the same coach.


light dusting- Before the Patriots headed to Arizona, Brady appeared at a departure rally at Gillette Stadium and walked without slipping on a light dusting of snow on the field.


Mauri Mohler said...

Section 2671

What happens next is that everybody else tries to find somebody exactly the same – and, oddly enough, everybody fails.


(exactly the same)

using "the same" would be more concise.

Rosenthal urges that both sides of the story be ascertain-ed when a reporter is writing a story on a controversial issue.


controversial issue

all issues are controversial, otherwise they wouldn't be issues in the first place

Joanna Blaz said...

Joanna Blaz
Section 6011

1) "Opportunities still remain for homeowners of historic homes in the downtown historic..."

Link: http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=956&NewsID=859623&CategoryID=15126&show=localnews&om=9

"Still remain" is redundant, it should just be "remain."

2)"A con artist called his victim and announced that she won a brand new Ford and $250,000 in cash."


"Brand new" is redundant, it should just say "new."

Brett said...

Brett Daly
Section 6011

the state of Florida: In The Gainesville Sun on Jan. 29. Article is "Senators: UF Funds Belong to Students."

the real-life story: also in The Gainesville Sun on Jan.29,in "Jack Davis' Idea."

Marilee Griffin said...

I found both of these through Google News:

1. "Man robbed at Lindsay ATM machine" is actually the headline for a Lindsay Daily Post article published on January 8.

The 'M' in ATM stands for 'machine.'

2. The Christian Science Monitor ran the story, "A tiny native village in Alaska copes with urban encroachment" on January 28 that included subhead: "Members of the Dena'ina Athabascan tribe, completely surrounded by metropolitan Anchorage, struggle to preserve their language and culture."

One can't be partially surrounded.

-Marilee Griffin
Section 2672

Anonymous said...

Erin Green
section 6011

1. "Gold turned lower as SAFE HAVEN buying dried up amid a rebound in global equities, and as a couple of key South African miners began restoring production."

pleonasm because havens are safe places.


2. "Our work involves what are known as "time triggered" -- or TT - designs. The goal with this technology can be stated very simply: In a TT design, we know in advance exactly what the embedded system will be doing AT EVERY MOMENT OF TIME during its execution.

pleonasm because moments can only be of time.


Amrita said...

Amrita Ford
Section 2672

1.Christians bring Iranian Jews to Israel
USA Today

…Such attacks have not led to a mass exodus from Iran, because the majority of Iranians are hospitable to the Jews and most Jews in Iran are economically comfortable, Javedanfar said.

According to the dictionary, exodus is defined as a “mass departure.” Therefore mass exodus is a pleonasm.

2.Finish Line Youth Foundation Raises a Record $1,044,036 Through Annual In- Store Holiday Campaign
CNN Money

…Finish Line Youth Foundation board members recognized the need to serve the youth in this particular neighborhood, which is in close proximity to Finish Line's corporate headquarters.

Proximity already implies closeness. “Close” is an unnecessary word and close proximity is another pleonasm.

Maria Fernanda said...

1)In describing his contingency plan to The A.P., he also made no mention of possibly shooting down the satellite before it began its final descent.

Isn't a descent final in this case? After all, this is about the satellite that will crash on Earth, which means it is not coming back up.


2)"There is a chance, Mr. President, in the next 357 days, to get real results and give the American people renewed optimism that their challenges are the top priority," Ms. Sebelius said.

Isn't a priority top? There is no other type of priority.
Webster's defines priority as: "the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence." Which means that if the challenges are priority, they are already on top.

From The New York Times' article "Bush, Facing Woes in'08, Focuses on War and Taxes," by Sheryl Gay Stolberg. Jan. 29.

Maria Fernanda said...

For last comment, I forgot to put my name on top. My name is Maria Fernanda Castro and my section number is 2672.

Jessica Chasmar said...

Jessica Chasmar
Sec. 6011

1) One of the best plays Speights made Wednesday was when he took a charge early in the first half. Something about your tallest and biggest player falling down doesn't scream intimidation.

"fall down"


2) The study, conducted over the span of a year, was broken into three scenarios. Participants were subjected to different degrees of rudeness before being asked to solve anagram puzzles and write down uses for a brick, said UF management professor Amir Erez.

"write down"


Alyssa said...

Alyssa LaRenzie
Section 2672

1)One Week's Time: "The impact of Edwards' decision will be felt in one week's time" (AP)

One Week would have done, we all know one week is a measurement of time.

2)New Innovation: "The city that popularized the fast food drive-thru has a new innovation: 24-hour medical marijuana vending machines." (AP)

An innovation is always something new, so the word new is unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

However, if it rains, Main Street Milton will postpone the parade to 6 p.m. Friday due to weather.
--We already know it is going to rain, which is a form of weather.

The emotional, hour-long sentencing hearing at the Santa Rosa County Courthouse was packed with more than 80 people, many wearing matching T-shirts with photographs of Davis and Sanders.
--if there is a hearing we already know there is going to be a sentencing to go along with it.

Hilary said...
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Hilary said...

"Yet, foreign buyers keep snapping up toys, clothes, laptops and a myriad of other products that the world's factory floor churns out."
-- "myriad of," from the almighty Associated Press, believe it or not.

"Ellis said he will rule on the issue, and several other pretrial motions, at a later date. The trial is scheduled to begin in February."
-- "at a later date," also The AP

Hilary Lehman

Chris Myers section 2671 said...

"Not many students are ever satisfied with UF's parking situation on campus." The Independent Florida Alligator. Uf's parking situation on campus. Where else would the parking situation exist but on campus?

"The hassle of constantly shaving and the pain of tweezing and waxing have led women and men to look for other alternatives for hair removal." The Independent Florida Alligator. other alternatives.

Anonymous said...

Alexandra Crittenden
section: 2671

1. Alcohol and marijuana played a role in a deadly crash that killed a Suwannee man...

This was from the Gainesville Sun. "Deadly crash that killed"; if it killed someone we know it's deadly.

2. The Florida Gators plucked one of the top football players out of the state of Alabama on Wednesday...

This was also from the Gainesville Sun. "State of Alabama"; We already know Alabama is a state.

Sara said...

1. As a new term starts, St. Cloud State has responded with a series of new initiatives, including an all-day unity rally, aimed at reassuring minority students that they are safe and easing the concerns of faculty, donors and potential students. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-st-cloud-swastikas,0,5036500.story

Redundancy: "new initiatives"

2. At one point during the halftime show, Ohio State legend Eddie George, another one of the Fox commentators, turned to Meyer and said, "This feels like deja vu all over again. Are we still in Arizona? This game has the same feel as last year."

Redundancy: "deja vu all over again"

Laurie K. Blandford said...

Laurie K. Blandford - 2672

New Handbook Estimates the Annual U.S. Consumer Internet Market at $350 Billion
January 29, 2008
DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets announced the addition of Consumer Use Of The Internet & Mobile Web 2008 to their offering.
Internet and mobile-media market data is scattered through a myriad of sources
[a myriad of sources = myriad sources]

A Little Regular Exercise Extends Men's Lives
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Even a moderate amount of exercise can dramatically prolong a man's life, new research on middle-aged and elderly American veterans reveals...
That conclusion applies more or less equally to white and black men, regardless of their prior history of cardiovascular disease…
[prior history = history]

madison2 said...

Madison Cheatwood
Section 2670

1. Uphill climb: "But, Durazo acknowledged, Obama faces an uphill climb among Hispanics in California, much to the frustration of the Hispanic activists who support him."

2. Cancel out: "But JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey J. Zekauskas said Lubrizol is raising prices, which will more than cancel out those costs."
-MSN Money

Taryn said...

Taryn Fiol
Section 2672

"Schools similar in nature to GVA are opening in other states and in surrounding cities."

- To say "similar schools" would already imply that they were similar in nature.

"According to the EPA, Ocanna collected old oil from engine blocks and used it to fuel a hot water heater at the Annaco facility."

-Really? We're heating hot water now? That seems unnecessary.

SEtheridge said...

Shelby Etheridge
Section 6011

Free Gift:
The guidelines also say only modest meals should be allowed in connection with educational presentations, and no free gift should be worth more than $100.

Added bonus:

The salads here are not different from those served at many cafes and restaurants around the city, but the added bonus here is the homemade element.

Anonymous said...

Aaron Bergeson
Section 6011

1.) Personal Experience

Eccles said the inspiration came from his personal experience with a poorly performing stock portfolio.


I think maybe the story was trying to say his personal experience opposed to his experience regarding other people's portfolios, but I think most experiences are personal.

2.) Rough Estimate

Even if you wanted to get a rough estimate of the calories an average person your size might burn at the gym...


An estimate is not exact, it is rough. So I think "rough" is not needed.

Sara R. said...

Sara Rubin- section 2672

"Entire families turned out to the rally, such as Judy and Waymon Meadows, whose daughter, Jana Sewnarine, held her two-month-old baby above her head as she cheered." -The Alligator

Family implies that the writer is talking about an entity of related people. The word "entire" is not needed because the members of the family who were there are described later in the sentence.

"A grande Tazo chai tea latte at Starbucks packs 240 calories..."-NYT

Starbucks calls it chai tea latte, but chai is sufficient independently because all chai is tea.

Jaclyn Stark said...

Jaclyn Stark
Section 2671

1)It was within close proximity to their new home where only minor damage was reported to the vinyl siding.


2)The end result still a beauty for Rams


Abbi MacFarlane said...

Abbi MacFarlane
Section 6011

"Original research": He is one of 40 high school students nationwide - and one of two in the state - to advance in the prestigious research competition and will present his original research to nationally recognized scientists in March at the Science Talent Institute in Washington, D.C.


"Now this year's": Rubeiz, now this year’s NHS vice president, said that the organization will sell carnations again this year.


Anonymous said...

1. Two twins or pair of twins (unless we're talking about four people)

2. cease and desist

I don't have examples of these in the news, but I hear them quite often.

reneeyah said...
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Renee Cole said...

1)Her bizarre antics include shaving her head bald, attacking a car with an umbrella and bringing along a paparazzo pal on trips to a courthouse in her child custody case.

(Shaved her head bald? Compared to shaving it unbald?)

2)WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised $32 million in the single month of January,

(the single month of January, as opposed to the double or triple month...)

Kathryn Rathmann said...

1) Oversight separates student from her fellow classmates

Headline from The Maui News. No "fellow" needed.

2) October also brings the added bonus of German music and Octoberfest gaiety.

From article in The New York Times. No "added" needed.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Hsu
Section 2672

Completely destroyed: "The fire completely destroyed the plant, which occupied a couple acres and covered a total of 47 acres at 1827 State Highway 48."

The fire destroyed the plant. No need for "completely" to be there.

Direct confrontation: "Gunmen took to the streets in both Shia and Christian neighborhoods in the wake of the killings, but largely avoided a direct confrontation."

Can one have an indirect confrontation?