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    "Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."
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  • Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to U.S. Congress, assumes office
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin, the first woman ever elected to Congress, takes her seat in the U.S. Capitol as a representative from Montana. Born on a ranch near Missoula, Montana Territory, in 1880, Rankin was a social worker in the states of Montana and Washington before joining the women’s ...
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day
  • pleonasm

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 2, 2020 is:

    pleonasm • \PLEE-uh-naz-um\  • noun

    1 : the use of more words than those necessary to denote mere sense (as in the man he said) : redundancy

    2 : an instance or example of pleonasm

    Examples:

    The grammarian's recent post discussed pleonasms, such as "past history" and "personal friend."

    "Like most writers, I can be a stickler about language, but anyone who hangs out with me for long enough will learn that I favor a certain ungrammatical turn of phrase: 'true fact.' Technically speaking, that expression is a pleonasm—a redundant description—since all facts are, by definition, true." — Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2018

    Did you know?

    Pleonasm, which stems (via Late Latin) from the Greek verb pleonazein, meaning "to be excessive," is a fancy word for "redundancy." It's related to our words plus and plenty, and ultimately it goes back to the Greek word for "more," which is pleōn. Pleonasm is commonly considered a fault of style, but it can also serve a useful function. "Extra" words can sometimes be helpful to a speaker or writer in getting a message across, adding emphasis, or simply adding an appealing sound and rhythm to a phrase—as, for example, with the pleonasm "I saw it with my own eyes!"




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