That’s a pleonastic superfluity.

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  1. M27Holts says:

    Not Tautology in it’s mathematical sense obvs…

  2. Kenneth Elliott says:

    This is now a favorite!! Well done!

  3. tfkreference says:

    Only in the sense that it’s saying the same thing over and over again, time after time, like a broken record…

  4. Sophia Eressea says:

    @M37Hold a tautology in the philological sense perhaps? 😉

  5. samhuff says:

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

  6. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Tautology? You get an ology, you’re a scientist.

  7. Laripu says:

    Pleonasm is a new word for me. Thanks Author.

    It joins my other favorites, “pulchritude” and “apophasis”. For some reason, I can never remember apophasis, but it’s written down and I know where to find it.

    Pulchritude is such an ugly word that it is almost anti-onomatopoeic, if there can be such a thing.

  8. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Heterological is the anti-onomatopoeic you seek, Laripu; a word not possessing the characteristic it describes.

  9. paradoctor says:

    These are redundant tautologies.
    I will not even mention apophasis, nor should I.

  10. paradoctor says:

    Heterological is just as heterological as it isn’t hetereological.

  11. M27Holts says:

    I hadn’t seen that word for a while I must say. However, since the bible and koran are basically meaningless drivel, its all pleonism upon other pleonisms in fact both are full of omnipleonisms….

  12. Son of Glenner says:

    Author: Your hebdomadal weekly strips are invariably always humorous and amusing but this brilliant sparkling gem of wit and repartee beats and exceeds your normal accustomary high and accomplished standards and criteria.

    My grateful thanks!

  13. Troubleshooter says:

    Brought to you today by the Department of Repetitive Redundancy Department, Sector R.

  14. M27Holts says:

    A teacher has lost their job in batley for showing an image of mo…

  15. Laripu says:

    Acolyte, I must be scrupulously pedantic. The word “heterological” isn’t the exactly opposite of onomatopoeia. “Heterological” means “not possessing the characteristic it describes”. The word “onomatopoeia” means the use of a word that sounds like what it describes.

    However, you’re correct that “heterological” is the right description for “pulchritude”. You’ve taught me a new one, so thank you. 🙂

  16. Nobody says:

    @Laripu et Accolyte of Sagan… non no no. This is the internet. Respectful discussion and appreciation of each others contributions has no place here.

    Also, I’m kinda feeling that twitter should have been called Pleonasm, not wrongly because tweets are short, but most need not be said at all.

  17. Son of Glenner says:

    M27Holts: And let us hope they do not also lose their head – literally, like that poor teacher in France, who, reportedly, had even pre-warned Muslim pupils that they had permission to leave the room if they wished to avoid seeing haram images.

    Thank God, or should I say Praise Allah, our Author is anonymous!

  18. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Laripu, I accept your rejection of ‘heterological’ (and being of a pedantic nature myself, am compelled to point out your use of ‘the exactly opposite’ without further comment). Considering that you are seeking a term meaning ‘the exact opposite of onomatopoeic’ and that such a term does not appear to exist, then I suggest a suitable neologism in the form of ‘nonomatopoeia’ or possibly ‘notamatopoeia’.

  19. M27Holts says:

    I would suggest that, since most adjectives do not sound like what they are the negation is not necessary…

  20. Deimos says:

    I am afraid that the “protest” in Batley has triggered my many inner demons. Usually I have a quiet sit down and fight them, today they each get a hug and permission to run free.

  21. postdoggerel says:

    Deimos, try as you might to fight your inner demons, you will never muzzle’em.

  22. Son of Glenner says:

    Pleased to see that the petition in support of the embattled Batley teacher has reached 50,000 signatures and counting, vastly more than the crowd of Muslims and supporters complaining at the school gates. I wonder how many of the 50,000 are ordinary, non-extremist, Muslims with a sense of proportion.

  23. M27Holts says:

    Doesn’t matter if the supporters reach 5,000,000 the teacher will still be sanctioned by the disproportinate weighting that is given for offending RELIGIOUS sensibilities….until religion is afforded the same amount of respect as other lunatic ideas…we will be in this more and more I’m afraid…

  24. Dr John the Wipper says:

    Religious Freedom is assigned a high value.

    But it really should be described as Freedom FROM Religion!

  25. LD50 says:

    From the internet:

    “ Pleonasm has a sense of using an unnecessary overabundance of redundant words in one description.

    Tautology has a sense of saying the exact same in different words, using multiple words with the same meaning.”

  26. Donn says:

    That was more of a puzzler for me, as I was aware of only logic sense of “tautology”, which is quite different.

  27. M27Holts says:

    There was certainly an over abundance of words in the books we were made to read in English Lit, all the works of Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and the bronte sisters immediately spring to mind…

  28. M27Holts says:

    It still pisses me off that Darwin was replaced by Austen on the tenner….True Genius replaced by an intellectual microbe by comparison….

  29. Son of Glenner says:

    M27Holts: Alan Turing has been commemorated on the fifty.

    How often does anyone ever see a fifty?

    Of course we’re talking about English notes. Up here in Scotland we have our own notes – three different sets, too.

  30. jb says:

    I don’t like the frivolous churning of portraiture on money that I see in so many countries. I much prefer the stability of American bills, which up until now have drawn from a small pool of presidents and Founding Fathers. This is set to change though, with the proposed Harriet Tubman affirmative action twenty. I have to say I am not looking forward to it!

  31. postdoggerel says:

    jb, neither was steven mnuchin.

  32. M27Holts says:

    Personally I would go for.
    Fiver. Darwin.
    Tenner. Newton.
    Twenty. Turing.
    The humanities numpties can all boil their heads…Literary Genius is an oxymoron….all sibjective codswallop compared to advancement through mathematical.or biological insight…

  33. Okapi says:

    Can’t we just stick Mo on the tenner and see what happens?

  34. Choirboy says:

    M27. Maybe the bible has some sense after all. Matthew 7:6 refers to ‘casting pearls before swine ‘ but as I’m nowt but a numpty I’m off to boil my head.


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