Chances are that you use one of these words, oblivious that they are tautological in nature.
And redundant words, going by definition, are words that do not add anything to statement. Often, one word in a tautological or redundant statement may be all that is needed.
So, I’ve compiled 15 of the commonly used redundant words, proffering alternatives to them. I’m sure you are eager to know them; just come along with me and I’ll show you:
- Reverse back: I don’t know if someone can also “reverse front.” It’s a long journey for you to say “reverse back.” Spear yourself the stress and just use REVERSE.
- Fellow Colleague: Hmmm. When you say someone is a fellow, it means you already have a relationship with such person, especially in the work place. Your colleague is your fellow, don’t waste your words; there is no need to add “fellow” to “colleague.” Just “colleague” will do the work.
- Stand Up: Really? Do people stand down? Simply use “stand” and you are good to go.
- Night Vigil: Vigils are always held at night. Don’t compound matters. “I went for a vigil” will do.
- From today henceforth: You’re better off saying “Henceforth”, “From today.”
- Extreme end : Use “extreme or end instead of the duo.
- Still yet: They are synonymous words and should be used in place of each other, not together.
- Dinner night: Are dinners eaten at noon? No. Rather use “dinner” and ignore the night.
- Bending Corner: A “bend” is a “corner.”
- Short Knickers: You call it “shorts”
- Funeral Service: Even the media has wrongly adopted this as the right phrase. This is tautology since a funeral is always a service.You’re better off with “funeral” instead of “Funeral Service.”
- Sit down: Better off as “sit.”
- “Enter Inside”: Do you “enter outside before?” So, let it just be: “enter.”
- “white teeth” Seriously? Maybe some people’s own are….
- Over to you: You’ve got more? Shoot me!