1. The use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy 2. A superfluous word or phrase

One of my favorite things to say in the workplace is “for your f.y.i.” It just sounds so ridiculous to me that I get a kick out of myself every time I say it. Sadly, one of my bosses a long time ago would say it all the time, not realizing that it was a pleonasm. Other pleonasms have become pretty standard fare, though—particularly “PIN number” and “return back.”

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  1. jon vandervelde says:

    It’s nice when we get a kick out of ourselves isn’t it? Far better than the opposite. As Mimi often says, ” Nobody laughs as hard at Jon’s jokes as Jon himself.”

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