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Redundant phrases

Discussion in 'Life in General' started by Lily, April 24, 2021.

  1. Lily

    Lily Member

    PIN number = personal identification number number

    RCD device = residual current device device

    RPG game = role playing game game

    Just a few which I encounter regularly. Does anyone else have any more to add?
  2. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    I've got a couple more.

    ATM machine = Automated Teller Machine Machine

    LCD Display = Liquid Crystal Display Display

    and my favourite of all.

    ISBN number = International Standard Book Number Number
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  3. Lily

    Lily Member

    ^^ Those are good ones E:tearsofjoy:

    I thought I knew of a few more but the only other one that springs to mind at the moment is:

    MAC code = migration authorisation code code
  4. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Where is the MAC from?

    I'm only familiar with the computing one used to address computers.
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  5. jessica

    jessica Citizen of Logres

    Oh my, the board has RAS Syndrome!


    RAS Syndrome:
    Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome
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  6. Lily

    Lily Member

    @CatInASuit A MAC used to be required when switching to a different broadband provider. The code contained about 10 or 12 digits and you had to request one from your existing provider and then give that code to your new provider. You might not have ever needed to go through this process (I only ever had to do it once in my life) and the MAC itself became redundant a few years ago, thank goodness!
  7. Mine all mine

    Mine all mine Active Member

    Try a recursive acronym: GNU = Gnu's Not Unix.
  8. Terry

    Terry Active Member

    There is one that is used on so many of the websites across the world in plain sight.

    PHP = PHP: Hypertext Processor
  9. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks @Lily. It's not a process I have ever had to go through, so that's probably why I missed it.
  10. Reader

    Reader Vile Critic

    Not quite the style you suggest, but "Please RSVP". RSVP means "Réspondez s'il vous plaît", or translated, "Reply if you please".

    "Please reply if you please" sounds either nervous, extremely polite, or simply rather odd.
  11. DC Comics = Detective Comics Comics

    Had to check this one cos I thought it was named after Washington DC, but it fits.
  12. sliara

    sliara Member

    Well, off the top of my head, I can name BIR, which means Bureau Of Internal Revenue.
  13. Mine all mine

    Mine all mine Active Member

    GUI Interface = Graphical User Interface Interface
  14. All of those things mentioned above I have encountered them especially their redundancy or repetition of terms.

    Why people aren't aware of them? Or are they stressing them or exaggerating them?
  15. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    It's because most people don't even known what the acronym is and just use it without thinking.

    Do you have any phrases to add?
  16. Lily

    Lily Member

    Some excellent examples here!

    I have another couple to add which I encountered this week:

    VAT tax = value added tax tax

    RAM memory = random access memory memory

    ^^ This one is actually in the OED E:sweatsmile:::lol:: (Not really surprising, given the downward spiral the OED has been on for several years now)

    OED fail

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