Hi all,


I just read a great article called "34 redundant, repetitive, and superfluous phrases."  It can be found here:


Some of these have been discussed here.  I think they may be of interest to those who are interested in improving writing skills.  They are all very commonly used and some will argue (as I did) that certain ones (close proximity) have a slightly different meaning when used. 


added bonus
advance planning
armed gunman
• circulate around
• close proximity
completely full
• consensus of opinion
• each individual person
• fewer in number
final outcome
free gift
future plans
general public
invited guests
• join together
• large in size
major breakthrough
• my personal opinion
on a daily basis
past experience
past history
• period of time
• predict in advance
• red in color
• revert back
• round in shape
• firm in consistency
still continues
• sum total
true fact
unexpected surprise
unsolved mystery
• visible to the eye
12 noon (or 12 midnight)
• 7 a.m. in the morning

asked Aug 16 '12 at 16:50 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Another of my favorites, not on this list, is "center around". But thinking about it, it is not a redundancy but an oxymoron. An excellent book on this topic is Robert Hartwell Fiske's "The Dictionary of Concise Writing."

Jeff PribylAug 16 '12 at 16:57

Good stuff, Patty.

TolleyAug 16 '12 at 18:46

You're right, and I'm wrong. I was looking at the wrong word slipped in by the Department of Redundancy Department.

Lewis NeidhardtAug 16 '12 at 22:31

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Fantastic! It reads like a tabloid journalist's dictionary.

link comment answered Oct 02 '12 at 09:49 Peter Guess Expert

This is good information!  I welcome this kind of info.  Let's have more...  Thank you, Susan Ferguson

link comment answered Aug 17 '12 at 00:11 Susan New member

Excellent piece of information.  We always look forward to this kind of information, Ms. Patty.

link comment answered Aug 17 '12 at 04:31 sanjay Expert

Thank you very much. I found a few of them in my writing as well. I 'll try to avoid them.

Thanks once again.

link comment answered Aug 17 '12 at 10:49 Rahul Gupta Expert

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