"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 examples of (possibly double) usage?

  • You can hace deja vu more than once, even about the same thing. – RyeɃreḁd Jun 17 '14 at 17:45
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    You can have deja vu more than once, even about the same thing. – RyeɃreḁd Jun 17 '14 at 17:54
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    "Again, it is repeated." – F.E. Jun 17 '14 at 17:55
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    Well, the phrase comes from Yogi Berra, so feel free to just google him and read up on all the other things he said. – RegDwigнt Jun 17 '14 at 18:15
  • @RyeɃreḁd: But I have this nagging feeling it's not really deja vu if you hace the naggimg feeling it's slightly different the second time around. – FumbleFingers Jun 17 '14 at 21:21

Actually, there's nothing wrong with the phrase (I get deja vus on monthly basis), but I see what you mean. I vaguely recall the original sentence went something like "It was another deja vu all over again".

Getting back to your original question - I've always loved how you can fall down in English. Like you could fall up.

There's some nice examples of tautology in formal use, eg. terms and conditions, null and void. I seem to have heard somebody argue that the whether... or... structure also follows the above, tautological suit, as it's enough to say whether.

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