A redundant word is one that’s not necessary for the transmission of a thought, which is the purpose of effective communication.
People sometimes use a redundant word to try to emphasize or strengthen a point, but they can often clutter and dilute a sentence and cause it to lose direction and power. Redundant words usually repeat an adjacent word and the writer ends of saying the same thing twice.
Example: I live in a small little house. So, among all little houses, there are small ones, medium size ones and large ones. I live in the small size little house. What the writer is actually trying to convey is that he or she lives in a very small house, which would be the better way to write the sentence.
Here are some other redundant words and phrases (in alphabetical order). The redundant word is in italics.
absolutely certain / essential / guaranteed / necessary / sure
actual fact / experience
advance planning / preview / reservations / warning
add up — Is there an add down?
but / as of yet
collaborate / cooperate together
combine / mix together
compete with each other
completely annihilate / destroy / eliminate / fill / finish / opposite / surround
connect / fuse / integrate / join / merge / splice together
cool down — Can one cool up?
fall down — Can one fall up?
few in number
final conclusion / end / outcome
free / order up
gather / meet together
heat up — Can one heat down?
hurry / speed up — Can one hurry down?
Inside / outside of
lift up—Can one lift down?
old adage/ cliché / custom / proverb
open up — Can one open down?
past experience / history / memory / record
postpone until later
red / green / blue (any shade) in color
reinvest back into
round (square, etc.) in shape
same exact / identical
shut down — Can one shut up? Uh, skip this one!
start off / out
these / those ones
usually, I’m always (something) — Which is it, usually or always?
very / somewhat unique
warm up — Can one warm down?
whether or not
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