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10th Feb '16 10:29:30 PM marmota-b
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* In one of the page-long stories of ''Rychlé šípy'', the most popular old Czech comics, Rychlonožka needs the services of a clock-repairer, whose shop is however closed at the moment. When you look closely, the "Closed" sign actually reads "When I'm not here, I'm away."
6th Feb '16 4:00:50 PM Dracis
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** The ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'' anime brought this line: "The Archer class really is made up of Archers!" Archer suspects that Rin was mocking him in saying this.
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** The ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'' anime brought this line: "The Archer class really is made up of Archers!" Archer Archer, who ''does'' favor twin shortswords over bow and arrow, suspects that Rin was mocking him in saying this.
6th Feb '16 3:33:28 PM DN26
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grammar
To say that a thing is shaped like itself is a tautology, a truthful phrase with no informational content, an unnecessary repetition of words meaning the same thing: "free gratis" or "I can see it with my own eyes" or "It is what it is".
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To say that a thing is shaped like itself is a tautology, a truthful phrase with no informational content, an unnecessary repetition of words meaning the same thing: "free gratis" or "I can see it with my own eyes" or "It is what it is". is."

Usually the redundancy has a purpose though. Sometimes it's for intensification (e.g. "kills bugs dead"), for clarification (e.g. "pin" and "PIN" sound identical, so adding "number" makes it clearer), or for calling attention to the property of a thing, even if it's inherent (e.g. "he draws beautifully round circles"). Other times it's just a more concise and glib way of phrasing things (e.g. compare "the state of being of this object is permanent and any attempts to modify its state are futile" with "it is what it is", and "once you overcome your initial reluctance and complete this task, you will enjoy the benefits of its completion" with "if you do it, it will be done"). Furthermore, sometimes the concepts being used are not actually identical (e.g. [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents "Not only am I very intelligent, I'm also very smart!"]]. So, many apparent tautologies are worth thinking deeply about, as they often contain surprising insights.
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Usually the redundancy has a purpose though. Sometimes it's for intensification (e.g. "kills bugs dead"), for clarification (e.g. "pin" and "PIN" sound identical, so adding "number" makes it clearer), or for calling attention to the property of a thing, even if it's inherent (e.g. "he draws beautifully round circles"). Other times it's just a more concise and glib way of phrasing things (e.g. compare "the state of being of this object is permanent and any attempts to modify its state are futile" with "it is what it is", and "once you overcome your initial reluctance and complete this task, you will enjoy the benefits of its completion" with "if you do it, it will be done"). Furthermore, sometimes the concepts being used are not actually identical (e.g. [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents "Not only am I very intelligent, I'm also very smart!"]].smart!"]]). So, many apparent tautologies are worth thinking deeply about, as they often contain surprising insights.
4th Feb '16 6:49:19 AM Paranoia
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* During one scene in AmazingGraceAndChuck, this trope is used to explain what an NFL Linebacker is to a little girl. --> '''Reporter:''' That's [[ScaryBlackGuy Mad Dog]], the line backer. Do you know what that is? Well, uh, [[TheBigGuy (points at Mad Dog again) THAT]] is a linebacker.
24th Jan '16 6:01:06 PM nombretomado
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* Two words: [[{{Superjail}} Overgrown man-child]].
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* Two words: [[{{Superjail}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}} Overgrown man-child]].
20th Jan '16 10:15:49 PM Vilui
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* Actual for real restaurant where you can eat: "Roy's Place: A Restaurant" ** SO, anyplace where you can purchase and eat food that uses the word "restaurant" in its name or signage shaped like itself? ( Note, this is "shaped like itself" not department of redundancy department.)
19th Jan '16 5:58:58 AM Zanreo
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* ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' has this: ---> '''Tecmo''': I will [[ThisIsUnforgivable NEVER forgive you]] for this unforgivable insult."
17th Jan '16 7:49:17 PM RandomNerd
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Fixing spelling mistake/breaking up massive example
** There's also the card Platinum Angel: "You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game." It's worded that way because if it just said "you can't lose" then your opponent could still win via a card effect that declares them the winner, and if it just said your opponents couldn't win then you could still lose by having your life reduced to 0 or having a card declare tat you lose (which would cause the Angel to be removed from play and allow your opponent(s) to win). Even worse, it's necessary that the card specify "the game" and the rules clarify what the term means, as (while this should never happen in a tournament setting) there are ways in which you can be forced into playing additional games against the same opponents and there are ways in which a card played by somebody who ''isn't even in your game'' can affect it. It's still theoretically possible to start a game, play Platinum Angel at some point before that game ends, and lose the game without Platinum Angel having left play... but the text makes it as difficult to arrange as possible.
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** There's also the card Platinum Angel: "You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game." It's worded that way because if it just said "you can't lose" then your opponent could still win via a card effect that declares them the winner, and if it just said your opponents couldn't win then you could still lose by having your life reduced to 0 or having a card declare tat that you lose (which would cause the Angel to be removed from play and allow your opponent(s) to win). win). *** Even worse, it's necessary that the card specify "the game" and the rules clarify what the term means, as (while this should never happen in a tournament setting) there are ways in which you can be forced into playing additional games against the same opponents and there are ways in which a card played by somebody who ''isn't even in your game'' can affect it. It's still theoretically possible to start a game, play Platinum Angel at some point before that game ends, and lose the game without Platinum Angel having left play... but the text makes it as difficult to arrange as possible.
17th Jan '16 7:48:08 PM RandomNerd
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** There's also the card Platinum Angel: "You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game." It's worded that way because if it just said "you can't lose" then your opponent could still win via a card effect that declares them the winner (such as helix pinnacle or test of endurance). Even worse, it's necessary that the card specify "the game" and the rules clarify what the term means, as (while this should never happen in a tournament setting) there are ways in which you can be forced into playing additional games against the same opponents and there are ways in which a card played by somebody who ''isn't even in your game'' can affect it. It's still theoretically possible to start a game, play Platinum Angel at some point before that game ends, and lose the game without Platinum Angel having left play... but the text makes it as difficult to arrange as possible.
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*** It also serves as the default way for a winner to be declared, as there are card effects that can outright declare a player the winner, as well as card effects that can declare that a player loses. ** There's also the card Platinum Angel: "You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game." It's worded that way because if it just said "you can't lose" then your opponent could still win via a card effect that declares them the winner (such as helix pinnacle winner, and if it just said your opponents couldn't win then you could still lose by having your life reduced to 0 or test of endurance).having a card declare tat you lose (which would cause the Angel to be removed from play and allow your opponent(s) to win). Even worse, it's necessary that the card specify "the game" and the rules clarify what the term means, as (while this should never happen in a tournament setting) there are ways in which you can be forced into playing additional games against the same opponents and there are ways in which a card played by somebody who ''isn't even in your game'' can affect it. It's still theoretically possible to start a game, play Platinum Angel at some point before that game ends, and lose the game without Platinum Angel having left play... but the text makes it as difficult to arrange as possible.
16th Jan '16 1:48:52 AM Anddrix
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* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. Blame that on ExecutiveMeddling since [[ViewersAreMorons they thought people would think the I was a 1. Yes, they thought we'd wonder if they'd made a movie about steak sauce]]...
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* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. Blame that on ExecutiveMeddling since [[ViewersAreMorons they thought people would think the I was a 1. Yes, they thought we'd wonder if they'd made a movie about steak sauce]]...sauce...
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