From Five Ways to Make Good Writing Great by Linda George

We live in a world of redundancies. Generally used to make something sound more important or emphatic, redundant phrases use up precious words and dilute meaning instead of emphasizing.

Examples:

Exact same/same exact

Rose to her feet

Stood to his full height

Small leprechaun

Long-necked giraffe

6 a.m. in the morning

blistering

2-wheeled bicycle

absolutely perfect (perfect is an absolute)

terribly bad

red in color

long-lasting durability

rise up

fall down

drop down

climbed up

nodded his head

shrugged his shoulders

tiptoed quietly

stomped heavily

ran quickly

eased slowly

crept slowly

stood up

sat down

 

 

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