Questions about redundant constructions, pleonasms, etc.

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“Two dead found dead”

Is it proper English to say 'Two dead found dead' like we read in the breaking news below?
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Term for Making a New Word that is the Same Part of Speech as its Root

Recently, I've been noticing that in casual speech people often unwittingly create new words from standard English words that are (a) of the same part of speech as the standard word and (b) meant to ...
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Is the second last “shipping” necessary?

From this question, This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships. The second to last shipping seems to be redundant. Is it necessary? Does the sentence still preserve the same ...
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Is “Needless to say” ever worth saying? [closed]

I get a weird twinge in my stomach when ever I have the urge to write "Needless to say." If it's needless to say, it would seem stupid to say it. Am I right? Am I wrong?
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Is there redundancy in saying that something “can be a potential risk”?

I often read of "potential risks". This moved further into the realm of uncertainty with "can be a potential risk" in a recent, scientific magazine. Given that measurements of risk incorporate the ...
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Do certain contrasting conjunctions + certain contrasting adverbs = redundancy?

For example, would the following sentence with either ‘rather’ or ‘instead’ included in the middle (or, for that matter, with ‘instead’ alone at the end) be redundant. If a redundancy, would it rise ...
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Why do we say “rips and tears”?

For example, "Clothing must be free from rips and tears." It seems to me that the words "rips" and "tears" can be used interchangeably, and that using both is redundant. Is there a particular reason ...
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Curious about “en-” and “-en” in the same word…

There’s a motorcycle part called the “enrichener.” To my ears, it sounds like the “en-” prefix and “-en” suffix (in the enrichen part of enrichener) are redundant. Of course, there is also ...
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Is “engendered the creation of…” redundant?

Is it? For example: The lack of natural resources engendered the creation of a complex religion in Mesopotamia.
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“My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?

Is this kind of redundancy acceptable in both speech and writing, formal and informal ? Would the following sentences have their meaning changed if we omitted "personal" or "personally" ? Would they ...
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Is it redundant to use “currently” and “at the moment” in the same sentence?

For example: We're currently overbooked at the moment.
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Is it redundant to say that something is “clearly evident”?

Here's a sentence: "The volume of resources invested is clearly evident." Is this redundant?
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Ambiguous pronouns

I have a statement like The performance of the proposed scheme, and its dependence on … Here, ‘it’ can refer to either the performance of the scheme, or the scheme itself. I changed the ...
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Isn't the word “shotgun” a self-redundancy? [closed]

I was googling the reason for why it's called "shotgun" to ride beside the driver when it suddenly hit me - why on Earth is the firearm called "shotgun"?! Is there any other kind of a gun than one ...
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*Deja vu* all over again [closed]

"Deja vu all over again" is an example of either a semi-literate (when the speaker does not know what deja vu means) or a jocular use (when the speaker tries to be funny). Can you give similar ...
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Isn't the term “foreign national” redundant? [closed]

Looking at the definition given at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_national (I know, not a great source) I can't see how replacing this with just "foreigner" wouldn't suffice?
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Is it ok to say “mutually practice together”?

Is it correct to say This way we can mutually practice together. Since mutually has already been mentioned, is it correct if I use the word together at the end? It may be redundant, but is ...
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Is “over-saturated” redundant?

For me, "saturated" implies there couldn't exist more of given quantity, like concentration of substance in a solution. So "over-saturated" (as in "over-saturated market") seems redundant.
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What does “cyber-” actually mean?

I'm heading into the postgraduate phase of my Computer Science-oriented studies, and I can't put my finger on what this root means. According to Etymology Online it comes from Cybernetics, which in ...
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Is the term “fresh and original” redundant?

I see this phrase all over the place. Fresh in this usage appears to be in the usage: not previously known or used; new or different. And directly lists original as a synonym. And original in ...
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How does a “research scientist” differ from a “scientist”?

I have seen the term research scientist in several job descriptions. Does the qualifier research distinguish a special kind of scientific role, or is this actually a redundant phrase? How can you work ...
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that had -> having?

I want to make this sentence shorter: Also, items that had poor parameter estimates were removed from the analysis. Is it correct to turn that had into having? Also, items having poor ...
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Additionally … also

[disclosure: I'm not a native speaker of English] I work as a university professor. When writing up lecture notes as well as research papers, I have a tendency to write things like the following. ...
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Is “further strengthen” or “further bolster” redundant?

For example, To further strengthen my graduate school application, I studied Spanish in Argentina for a semester. The wording seems redundant and awkward to me, but it's common and I'd like ...
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Which of the two sentences is correct?

"What I feel more important is for you to go home right now." "What I feel is more important is for you to go home right now." Which sentence is correct? Also, is there a rule that is being followed ...
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Is “must certainly” redundant?

Is "must certainly" redundant or incorrect? Or is it a valid way to stress the certainty of "must"? Examples: You must be wrong. You must certainly be wrong.
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'Hot water heater' versus 'Water heater'

I've heard 'Hot water heater' and 'Water heater' being used interchangeably to refer to an appliance which generates a supply of heated water. The wording of 'Hot water heater' feels redundant, as ...
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Is 'co-conspirator' redundant?

I've noticed in the news that multiple individuals involved in a crime are referred to as co-conspirators. Etymonline gives the origin of conspire: conspire (v.): late 14c., from Old French ...
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Unnecessary pronouns: “The President he issued…”

Is it now considered acceptable to follow a proper noun with a pronoun? E.g. The President he issued a new executive order.
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Can you use “has” instead of “contains”?

If I say: The new ipad has a 4.5" lcd screen and a microUSB slot. instead of: The new ipad contains a 4.5" lcd screen and a microUSB slot. Is it better or worse? Is "contains" necessary, am I ...
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“Information is a distinction that makes a difference” - Donald MacKay

This quote keeps puzzling me. I've newly started attending some lectures relating to the linguistic/information and theories of linguists past and present, which is usually followed up by a debate ...
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Why is “safe haven” used so frequently, by those who should know better? [closed]

A haven is a place that is safe. So, "safe haven" is redundant. Shockingly, several state legislatures have even passed laws for dropping off babies with no penalty; these laws are usually referred ...
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Is “Math Calculation” redundant when describing how to solve a problem?

I was corrected by another individual when describing the solution to a problem as a "math calculation". Is math implied when using calculation in a sentence therefore making my statement redundant?
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“Should character education be part of the curriculum that perspective teachers are exposed to in their credentialing program?” — is this too wordy? [closed]

Should character education be part of the curriculum that perspective teachers are exposed to in their credentialing program?
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Is it redundant to say “a spelling bee contest”?

A "spelling bee" is an expression usually used to describe the spelling contest, but not necessarily. With that in mind, is it be considered redundant to call it a "spelling bee contest" or a ...
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“What do children aged/ages 5 to 11 years old know about the sun?” — redundant?

I truly believe there is something a tad... non-normative about constructions like "children ages 5 to 11 years old" or "children aged 5 to 11 years old". Isn't that redundant? Shouldn't it read ...
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At least two or more: Not always redundant?

At least two or more Is the “or more” bit above ever not redundant? Seems absolutely redundant to me, but it gets about 170 million Google hits, and many from government sites and university ...
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Do you need the “why” in “That's the reason why”? [duplicate]

I often hear people say things like “That's the reason why I....” As far as I know, “That's the reason I...” would still be grammatically correct, but I can't find anything stating one way or the ...
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Is the “will” in “can and will” necessary?

Anyone who's ever seen much American film or television has heard some variation of the following sentences countless times: You have the right to remain silent. If you choose to give up that ...
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Is the usage of 'personally' in 'I personally don't like something' redundant?

What is the difference between the following? I personally don't like wax museums. I don't like wax museums. The adverb personally does not seem to emphasize anything here. Is it ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with “with” in English?

Is it correct to use with at the beginning of a sentence? Here's an example sentence: With the development of the economy, living standards improved. To my eyes this looks unnatural; I would ...
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Usage of “she herself” or “he himself” [closed]

As I understand it, he and him are etymologically, and for purposes of grammar, different cases of the same word. If it's the same word, wouldn't it be sufficient to use himself alone—with maybe the ...
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Is “quintessential example” correct usage?

Since quintessential means "representing the perfect example of a class" is it correct to use "the quintessential example" as in this sentence: "Electrons are the quintessential example of ...
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Is “signup for registration” redundant?

I'm writing a document for an exercise-project spec. The line goes: A simple registration website where visitors can view registered users and signup for registration themselves. Is this being ...
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Is the word multimedia redundant?

So, the correct plural form of medium is media. Of course, there are exceptions, and the words have taken on new usages (such as adding a definitive article "the" to media, making it singular), but ...
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“Within” and “in” when referring to time

I know that both can mean "inside" but what I don't have clear is whether both mean the same when talking about time. For example: The party is in two days = The party is within two days ?? ...
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Is “appears likely” redundant?

Likeliness is already uncertain, so saying that an even is likely, is surely the same as saying it appears the event will occur, right? Wouldn't this mean that "X appears likely" is the same as saying ...
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“That that” vs. “that” [closed]

Is "that that" or "that, that" redundant in sentences such as this: The reason we are late is that that we had an accident. or The reason we are late is that, that we had an accident. Is ...
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And/or in total negation: “Some people are not able to interpret and/or analyze”

In the following sentence, the “and/or” seems odd in a case of total negation: Evidently some people are not able to interpret and/or analyze at that deeper level. Because the sentence says “are not ...
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Is the phrase “spherical ball” redundant?

In a computer science course, our professor was explaining the idea of object oriented programming using the analogy of soccer. While reading the Wikipedia article on Association Football, it said ...