A pleonasm refers to the use of more words than they are necessary to express an idea i.e., redundancy. It is derived from a Greek word that means ‘excess’. Some people complicate the language for no reason. They have a habit of using redundant in sentences or with the combination of unwanted words.
In other words, a pleonasm is a redundant and tautological phrase or clause.
Judy is the cousin of Joshua.
Not: Judy is the cousin
Joshua. Tunafish burger: We ordered a fish burger last night.
owneyes: I saw him with my eyes and confirm that he was behind this crime. Freegift: Every child loves to have a gift. Foreignimports: Most reading glasses are imports from Germany.
machines: you will have many ATMs in the vicinity, but a couple of them are out of operation today. Actualfacts: It is always unwise to judge anyone until all facts are in.
in: James was busy gathering the required papers the other day.
around: When you circle the building, you will see a puppy near the bench.
possibly: You could either accept or reject the validity of this paper. Currentincumbent: The higher voting percentage suggests that the incumbent government will be defeated in this election.
situation: during the financial crisis in the USA, there was a ripple effect on the banks worldwide.
state: I am confused about whether to accept this proposal or not.
upwith something: he was not able to cope with the stress and the strains of the job, and hence he quit.
on/about: We discussed this matter at length.
down: the topline revenues dropped to $13 million last year. Downsouth/ upnorth: As you move towards the north, the temperature will get cooler.
out: ‘Empty his pocket’ was a scream from the back. Falsepretense: Politicians are masters in engineering falsehoods and pretenses. Frozentundra: North Asia is an arctic tundra in the winter time and therefore it is not a recommended neighborhood to live in.
- Hear with my
ownears: I heard him clearly owning up to his few mistakes.
together: We gathered to discuss this matter last evening.
- It’s déjà vu
all over again: A shiver crept down my spine as I experienced a sense of déjà vu.
together: Why don’t you join us tonight?
up: The US fed lifted the interest rate this month and cleared the uncertainties in the stock market.
together:Let’s all meet this weekend and have fun. Newinnovation: This innovation will disrupt the Information Technology world.
up: Open the door. (open up means begin shooting).
number: Don’t ever share your PIN with anyone.
after: I pursued this plan wholeheartedly so I don’t think that I can disown it.
up: It is time that the company has to raise the salary package of seniors.
back: Once you receive the email, please revert immediately. Safehaven: Some countries are a tax haven for tax evaders. Totaldestruction: The earthquake wreaked havoc and the city witnessed destruction at every corner of it. Truefact: The fact remains unchallenged forever. Ultimategoal: my goal is to train students for a good score in the IELTS exam.
to the eyes: It is visible; one does not need to put efforts for the same.