Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
stevie_carroll

On Common Word Redundancies

A useful list here. Some of those listed, however, I can't see being used outside of a specific context, where both words or the entire phrase are required:

"You do realise that you've just admitted to aiding and abetting our suspect?" he said.

She was expecting to receive a Cease and Desist letter in the post any day now.

and some can be used for emphasis:

She was pregnant, very pregnant, almost nine months gone by the look of her. Yet I'd seen her a fortnight ago, and she hadn't been showing at all.

The two drivers were strongly expected to be competing against each other, rather than against anyone from the other ten teams.

Now there's a challenge. Pick one or more items from the list, and come up with a non-cliched use of the word-pair or phrase, where the bracketed part is most definitely not redundant.

Or, name and shame a piece in which several of the items are used, and the bracketed part is definitely redundant.
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