For those unfamiliar with the term tautology, here is the definition from Macquarie Dictionary:
tautology noun 1. needless repetition of an idea, especially in other words in the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as to descend down. 2. an instance of this.
So tautologies are repetitive by definition. All together now: boom tish.
There are many examples of tautology that drive me insane. Crazily insane (last boom tish, I swear). Number one on my hit list is people saying that they had to get up at 6am in the morning.
6am. In the morning. Thanks for clarifying that 6am is in the morning! Others that get my goat are mutual cooperation, please RSVP and for e.g. It physically hurts me to type that last one.
I’ll admit that I need stilts to mount the horse I like to get on when confronted with tautology.
No longer. No more taunting. Not only did I tautologise today (and I’m not verbing this time: it’s there in the dictionary before tautology), I didn’t even disguise it by using different words.
So, what did I say? Why am I kicking myself? Someone commented on how good Ashleigh is at putting her shoes on. I said, “Now that she can do it herself, she takes them off and puts them back on with regular regularity.”
Regular regularity. As opposed to regular irregularity, I guess. Or perhaps irregular regularity?
Me is geniusness in a nutshell.
What words of ‘wisdom’ have you shared with someone… only to cringe when you actually heard them?