Off topic: Tautology can be very upsetting
Thread poster: Maaike van Vlijmen

Maaike van Vlijmen  Identity Verified
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Feb 9, 2007

It's about a "pilotless drone". Funny
http://cdn.sfgate.com/blogs/sounds/sfgate/chroncast/2007/01/23/CorrectMe-001-2.mp3


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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This is what I call a passion for language :-) Feb 10, 2007

Thanks, Maaike.




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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Indeed. Feb 10, 2007

This man should receive a free gift for his efforts.

)

Best,

Nicole


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Vito Smolej
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a free gift for his efforts Feb 10, 2007

a pilotless, PILOTl ess, get it?!, pilot L-E-S-S, drone, OK? get it? you highschool drop-in - take it, your N/C, prolix, and tautologic drone and ... fly it in your bathtub, you ...D-R-O-N-E - "drone, drone drone..."

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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My favorite example of tautology Feb 10, 2007

Besides "helpful assistance" and "new innovation" is "free gift". This one takes the cake, IMO. Not quite sure if this pun came across after reading Vito's outburst.

))))))


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Vito Smolej
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I'm still actively working on fundamental basics of tautology... Feb 10, 2007

Not quite sure if this pun came across after reading Vito's outburst.


... but if I don't get any better, I'll never improve.

[Edited at 2007-02-10 12:49]


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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And this guy complains about the editor's prolix wording? Feb 10, 2007

Pot... meet the kettle.

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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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So that we are at it Feb 10, 2007

My favorite tautology is "mother's milk"



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Terry Gilman  Identity Verified
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Nice to know that other people care, but that guy needs a life Feb 10, 2007

Agree with Steven.

How pathetic that someone has so much time on his hands that he expends energy/free time calling a newspaper to berate people by voice mail.

I had a boss like that. Not a clue about how to motivate people or at least how to avoid de-motivating people.
Really irritating and naturally led to lower productivity.
A productivity crash, actually. Everyone in "hen-house mode" and thinking about revenge, not the clients.

Would be interesting if he ever calls to say something nice and the blogger put that on the air as well. (But with cranks I guess that is unlikely.)

Other tautologies to get bent out of shape about:
current status, general consensus, universal panacea.


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Helpful assistance Feb 11, 2007

I'm not sure if this is a tautology. There's plenty of unhelpful assistance about, from MS Word's "Office Assistant" for example.

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Klaus Herrmann  Identity Verified
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Röschenhof, anyone? Feb 11, 2007

For those of us who understand German, here's one of my favorites. It's also a valuable reminder not to take KudoZ too serious...
http://www.radiopannen.de/mp3/pr005.mp3


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Personal opinion Feb 11, 2007

My personal friends all have personal opinions.

(My impersonal friends have other people's opinions.)

Blurb on a book cover: XXX is changing the way historiography is written.

And a few favorites for Spanish-speakers:

Veremos a ver.

No puede ser posible.

Eso puede afectar el entorno del medio ambiente que nos rodea. (Direct quotation from a university professor!)

Los niños son el futuro del mañana.

And my all-time favorite:

Creo que lo dudo.


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juvera  Identity Verified
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Grrrrrrrrrrr Feb 14, 2007

this moment in time
or
in this moment of time

[Edited at 2007-02-14 23:19]


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katsy
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a couple of French ones Feb 16, 2007

I've always been perplexed by the French (correct) expression: les cheveux hirsutes..
also.... à partir de dorénavant (as from now, from now on)
and
au jour d'aujourd'hui - to be linked with the ' this moment in time' above...


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lingomania
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Tautology? Apr 21, 2007

The Italian: "specialità speciale".

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