Yesterday at Today I Think Patricia gave us the definition of the word pleonasm: the use of more words than necessary to express an idea, redundancy.
In my comment I said I would now have to find a use for the word and Patricia responded to let her know when and how I could work it into a conversation. Well, I am not one to shirk a challenge, so here goes.
“Mr Prime Minister (we don’t have a President here in NZ) I think you should gather all your troops together and give them a lecture on pleonasm. The speeches are far too long and very boring.”
“Madam, can you please just cut to the chase. Pleonasm is tedious”.
“Mum, pleonasm is wasted on me. Just tell me in a few words what I did wrong.”
I now have to ask Patricia “Are these examples OK?”
And everybody else, what could you do with this lovely new word PLEONASM.
And no words are required to describe my rainbow.
- Pleonasms (neatorama.com)
- Why We’ll Miss Newspapers (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Like nails on a chalkboard, part 1 (englishgrammargripe.com)