I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means “no”.

How does one find more phrases like that? What are such type of phrases called?

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    You're looking for *pleonasms". To broaden your search, look up synonyms of "pleonastic" in a thesaurus.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 13:50
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    Apparently you ask a pirate.
    – Jim
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 14:19
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    It's called English. Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 11:42
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    You learn a lot of words. Such phrases are basically just "extraordinarily wordy". It's a skill many lawyers, politicians, preachers, and used car salesmen cultivate.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 12:04
  • Ah ye of little learning and faith. You need to get youse some book learning.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 14:49

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Had to look this one up myself. Pleonasms seem to be different from the questioned meaning, being another word for redundant. The questioned phrase appears to be called a "tumid euphemism" with tumid meaning "swollen" which would indicate wordiness.

  • but the OP asks: where does one find more like the example?
    – lbf
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 14:17
  • It is not a pleonasm at all. If you say to someone: I'm probably going to say no, is that pleonastic?
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 14:48
  • A Google search for "tumid euphemism" (in quotes) returns only this ELU question. Would you mind citing your source(s)?
    – JakeRobb
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 13:40

You have to hand it to the scriptwriters. They studied their Restoration Comedy.

Restoration Comedy came after the restoration of British monarchy in 1660, that roughly coincided with the Golden Age of Piracy.

Golden Age of Piracy

In regular English that is: "I'm probably going to say no." Or: "I'm likely to say no". It isn't really a pleonasm.

It's comical as it's meant to sound like U English. There would be no Restoration Comedy without that manner of speech, much given to exaggeration of the social mores it was making fun of.

The sentence is from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

The two most famous playrights were William Wycherley (The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer) and William Congreve (The Way of the World and Love for Love [the most well-known plays), in the first and second waves of Restoration Comedy, respectively.

Jack Sparrow's speech patterns in these movies are very exaggerated and he tries to sound like an upper class speaker. Indeed, many pirates were in fact upper class. And this "drawing room" type of speech would be typical of them. And I can't be bothered to do more research on whether he was or not. Suffice it to say, he was merely using speech typical of the age.

  • It is too bad about the downvote. Sour grapes?
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 12:45
  • FYI: Jack Sparrow didn't say the line in question. It was Captain Barbossa, and then later Elizabeth Swan delivers the line back to him by proxy. (See imsdb.com/scripts/Pirates-of-the-Caribbean.html)
    – JakeRobb
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 13:39
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    Yes, yes, I mis-attributed but my premise remains. Modern scriptwriters can only learn that speech by reading Restoration Comedy. Where that type of speech is everywhere.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 15:02

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