Today is a good day because I get to use two of my favorite words in the same post. These words aren’t important in and of themselves; I just like the way they sound. They are pleonasm and superfluous. I also like onomatopoeia, but that’s fodder for a different post. “Pleonasm” and “superfluous” fall under the redundancy rubric, and they both have a subtly humorous connotation or affect – at least for me.
Here’s my list
exactly the same
see with one’s own eyes
A common pleonasm is from whence. Because whence means from where, this phrase means from from where.
please RSVP (please Repondez S’il Vous Plait: is French for “please respond if you please” or please please respond)