Monday, March 21, 2011


Writers need to constantly alert to prevent against using tautologies in their work. That is needless repetition, the use of two words when one will do (e.g., "tiny little puppies".) Here are a few examples:

absolutely conclusive

agricultural crops

awkward dilemma

close proximity

complete monopoly

completely full

divisive quarrel

end result

entirely absent

exact counterpart

future plan

general public

grateful thanks

hired mercenary

irreducible minimum

lonely hermit

lifeless corpse

meaningless gibberish

mutual cooperation

new record

old adage

organic life

original founder

patently obvious

personal friend

personal opinion

pragmatic realist

present incumbent

sworn affidavit

true facts

ultimate outcome

violent explosion

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