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Department of Redundancies Department

These are simply pet peeves...

  • Free gift. If it isn't free, it really isn't a gift.

  • Hot water heater. I'm sure you don't really have a hot water heater; if you had hot water, you wouldn't need it heated. You more likely have a water heater or a hot water tank.

  • Past history. What other kind of history is there?!

  • PIN number. PIN is an acronym for persona identification number, so saying "PIN number" is saying "personal identification number number."

  • The La Brea Tar Pits. "La brea" is Spanish for "the tar pits." So "The La Brea Tar Pits" translates to "the the tar pits tar pits."

  • UPC code. Those bars on the sides of most every product in the store are called a universal product code, or UPC for short. So when you say "UPC code" you're saying "universal product code code."



May, 2021


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