Brutal murders and crumbling ruins


What do the following phrases have in common?

  • unsuspecting victims
  • running fast
  • crumbling ruins
  • close scrutiny
  • terrible tragedy
  • absolutely perfect
  • fully utilise
  • completely happy
  • especially important
  • boundless infinity

and my personal favourites:

  • dead body
  • brutal murder

They’re all pleonasms, that is, they contain redundant words. For example, all victims are unsuspecting, running is fast movement, all tragedies are terrible, dead bodies are corpses, murder is by nature brutal, and so on.

Avoid redundancy, that’s all I’m saying.

Feel free to comment and improve the list.

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About Sharon

Writer, bibliophile, dreamer and student of everything
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