Stuff that you don't like it when people say it because it explains the thing that you already knew about


#1

I don’t like it when every now and then you’ll see someone say “It’s nice and al dente, it’s got a bit of bite” because I already know what “al dente” means so the second bit is unnecessary.

This is a thread for things like that but nobody is allowed to say “it’s like marmite, you either love it or you hate it” because that is in and of itself a ‘stuff that you don’t like it when people say it because it explains the thing that you already knew about’


#2

Tautology, isn’t it not.


#3

What is tautology?


#4

Still think it should be ‘marmite, you either love it or should try using it more sparingly’


#5

the saying of the same thing twice over in different words, generally considered to be a fault of style (e.g. they arrived one after the other in succession ).


#6

Haddaway’s first draft was somewhat redundant


#7

Thanks


#8

My pleasure.


#9

*Thanks, I’m grateful for that


#10

Hahahaha!


#11

*My pleasure, happy to.


#12

#13

*hahahahaha, that was a funny post


#14

Fixed.


#15

During one of my interviews for university I was asked to define tautology, unfortunately at the time I had no fucking idea. “Taut… tight… when a sentence is very short?” Looking at me like I was a bit of an idiot, the interviewer kindly offered a prompt: “Something about repetition?” This magically kickstarted a memory of actually knowing what tautology was, and I blurted out, “Oh yes, expressing the same thing in multiple ways, like in Henry V when Fluellen says ‘He is a magnanimous man, a generous man, a kind-hearted man’” (I’ve just looked and no such quote exists, god knows where I pulled that from).

Anyway, I got the place, and now I’m a big shot writer guy.


#16

I first heard it as a kid when my day returned from a parents’ evening appalled that a teacher had said ‘me, myself, personally’.


#17

Nah, anyone who thinks they hate marmite aren’t going to be turned by more marmite, using less however they may be pleasantly surprised


#18

I don’t like it when people say eg ‘have you seen that bit of Alan partridge, it’s well funny’.

And you say ‘yes of course I have seen it’

And then they proceed to quote the entire scene at you anyway but obviously nowhere near as well or funny as the actual actors.


#19

Do you ever listen to Nick Abbot on LBC?


#20

Not that I know of (no)