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By Richard Kallan

Tautology—
A observe or staff of phrases that by chance repeats its meaning.

When was once the final time you entered your PIN quantity into the ATM computing device? Or longed for the proper UTOPIA? utilizing pointless phrases could make written and spoken language a DISORGANIZED MESS, yet it’s not only silly IDIOTS who achieve this. We’re all to blame, and this irreverent selection of tautologies catalogs our most typical redundancies and wittily defines them. A humorous comedian, for example, is “one who’s employed”; a BLACK CROW is “the outcast in these huge albino flocks”; and a SURVIVING WIDOW is “the final one status in an all-widow video game of Russian roulette.”

Beautifully designed and illustrated with comically apt reproductions through the nineteenth-century artist George Cruikshank, Armed Gunmen, precise evidence, and different Ridiculous Nonsense is a welcome antidote to a growing to be tendency in modern usage—and the ideal e-book for grammarphobes, note geeks, and language enthusiasts alike.

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Armed Gunmen, True Facts, and Other Ridiculous Nonsense: A Compiled Compendium of Repetitive Redundancies

Tautology—A be aware or workforce of phrases that by chance repeats its that means. whilst was once the final time you entered your PIN quantity into the ATM computer? Or longed for the proper UTOPIA? utilizing pointless phrases could make written and spoken language a DISORGANIZED MESS, yet it’s not only silly IDIOTS who accomplish that.

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He reports on percentages of loans, calques, loan blends, or indigenous lexicalizations inspired by metaphor and metonymy for his many factors and his many items. Brown subsumes most of his indigenous lexicalization strategies under one of two general types: referential extension/marking reversal (some type of form-similarity metaphor whereby a native term is extended, often upon modification, to name the introduced concept as in ‘sun’ for ‘clock’ or ‘big-dog’ for ‘horse’), or descriptive focus/utilitarian naming based on a salient feature of the item (a kind of part for whole metonymy as in ‘the rounded one’ for ‘button’) or on how humans use the item (also a kind of metonymy, usually based on a process for participant metonymy as in ‘that which you write it down with’ for ‘paper’).

Dene tth’i háretł’ézi ‘(on) person’s body that which is blue’ e. dene tth’i dík’rsi ‘(on) person’s body that which is red’ f. del níłtth’éli ‘blood that flows together’ ‘s/he’s got measles’ ‘fever’ [cf. (74b)] ‘hives’ ‘bruise’ ‘rash’ ‘blood clot’ [cf. 4 Physiological states and conditions, both permanent and ephemeral Many physiological conditions have lexicalized from more literal expressions, some of which describe the underlying cause of the condition, particular symptoms, or the result of the condition.

Generic for specific or specific for generic (17) a. k’ódheri ‘chief ’ b. tsąba k’ódheri ‘money chief ’ c. dení k’ódheri ‘moose chief ’ d. k’ódheri nethé ‘chief important’ e. k’ódheri nethé ts’ékwi ‘chief important woman’ ‘factor (head of fort or trading post)’ ‘Indian agent (dispenses treaty money)’ ‘forest ranger/game warden’ ‘king/prime minister’ ‘queen’ process for agent and generic for specific (18) a. yałti ‘the one who speaks’ b. tthethiyį ‘the one who stands (at the) head’ c. tsątsáné k’olyąi ‘the one who knows about metal’ d.

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