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  • Fifth/Third Bank uses a fictitious Redundancy Incorporated Inc. in their commercial for their new duo bank card. The workers repeat themselves and they even ordered double decker sandwiches, twice-baked potatoes, and bon-bons for lunch.
  • Almost any asthma medication HAS to use the phrase "like an inhaled corticosteroid" at least five times within the commercial. Sheesh, we GET IT!
  • "Void where prohibited." Well, duh!
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  • Nationwide Insurance's new mascot: The World's Greatest Spokesperson In The World!
  • The Monkees' Kool-Aid commercial from 1970, in which Micky Dolenz exclaims, "Hey, let's make some new sugar-sweetened Kool-Aid with the sugar already in it!"
    • Likewise, on the other side of the pond, "Raid: Kills Bugs Dead".
  • There's a school in south Florida called CBT College. The "C" stood for "College". The College of Business and Technology College. Way to ruin your credibility before the commercial even starts...
    • See also UMUC - the University of Maryland University College.
    • See also the University of California system where the college name is usually an acronym (like UCI or UCSD). You will see on the campus website statements like UCI University (university of California university) or "California's UCI"
  • The label on this product, a polish for acrylic, reads FINE SCRATCH REMOVER: Removes Fine Scratches. You know, in case it wasn't absolutely clear.
  • Taco Bell once touted a new menu item in a TV commercial as a "grilled carne asada steak". Since "carne asada" translates as "grilled steak", they essentially were advertising a "grilled grilled steak steak". Delicious.
    • They've also described part of their Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito as "bacon topped with bacon".
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  • Ronseal Quick-Drying Woodstain protects and is rain-proof in about thirty minutes. Which means in about thirty minutes, your wood's rain-proof and protected. So if you've got wood to stain, and you want it to dry quickly, use Ronseal Quick-Drying Woodstain. It does Exactly What It Says on the Tin.note 
  • A commercial for Boston Pizza has a man suffering from "turkey brain" after eating too many Christmas leftovers. He describes his symptoms as "the confusion, the sluggishness, the excessive napping, the confusion..."
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  • An ad campaign that began in 2011 encourages you to "Take a Cheetos break With Cheetos".
  • "If you don't have an iPhone, well... you don't have an iPhone."
  • "In Mexico we speak Spanish, mostly because it's the language we speak."
  • A Target commercial showed a music teacher singing about all the clothes his students will need for the new school year. Denim was on it 4 times.
  • A Five Hour Energy campaign has ads ending "Five Hour Energy! Hours and hours of energy!" You mean like five?
  • A 1980s print ad for Elephant brand floppy disks promoted the need to make backups by explicitly referring to the Department of Redundancy Department, "and what goes on when it goes on!"
  • A magazine advertisement for a Duel Masters card-pack series (specifically, "Survivors of the Megapocalypse") states "Attack with the Billion-Degree Dragon and watch your opponent run like someone who is under attack and is frightened by that attack!"
  • An ad for Assassin's Creed III mentions defending "liberty and freedom."
  • This commercial for Florida orange juice starring Yankees great Mickey Mantle (probably late 50s-early 60s). After the announcer tells us that Mickey needs to drink Florida orange juice every day to play his best ball, because the body doesn't store Vitamin C, Mickey proceeds to say the same thing, almost verbatim.
  • When Tim Hortons added paninis to its menu, it advertised it now sold "grilled paninis". Seeing as a panini is, by definition, already grilled...
  • Dutch commercials for Heinz pasta sauce used the phrase "Heinz Pasta Sauce: sauce for on pasta".
  • A local commercial for a grocery store informs you that if you shop their competition, you could waste over a hundred dollars, or even more!
  • "Love. It's what makes a Subaru a Subaru."
    • If you live in the UK, there you have "Uncommon Engineering, Uncommon Stability, Uncommon Roadholding, Uncommon Sense." What else is uncommon for a Subaru to handle?
  • A commercial for AT&T U-Verse wireless Internet has a family in a house where everything is unreliable and breaking down—except their Internet! The ad mentions it has reliability you can rely on.
  • The commercial for Burger King's Extra Long Jalapeño Cheeseburger mentions it is topped with cheese, jalapeños, jalapeños, and jalapeños.
  • truTV's series Billy on the Street was advertised with promos saying it stars Anna Kendrick, Julienne Moore, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Billy, Billy, Billy Billy, and Billy!
  • GEICO: "I'm sorry Daisy, but I'm a loner. And a loner's got to be alone."
  • The ad for Verizon's hum smart system for cars begins "Whether you have a red car, white car, blue car, red white & blue car..."
  • From Liberty Mutual's new commercial: "You can leave worry behind when Liberty stands with you. Liberty Stands With You."
  • One Polish meat-producing company has a slogan that says "Nature begins in Bory Tucholskie, a place of discovering unique tastes where for over 30 years created are cold cuts from Bory Tucholskie".
  • Dairy Queen has a "$5 Buck Lunch" (exactly as written). It's as if they don't even realize that the dollar sign and the word "buck" mean the same thing in this context.
  • This 2002 Aflac commercial featuring New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra as a barbershop patron.
    Berra: The [insurance] you really need to have; if you don't have it, that's why you need it. [...] And they give you cash, which is just as good as money.
  • An ad for Curiosity informs us that “Monthly subscriptions start at $2.99 a month.”


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