- The phrase appears to make use of a deliberate rhetorical device known as pleonasm, a crafted redundancy that plays out the search for the most fitting expression.
- ‘Obsessive writer’ is a pleonasm if ever there was one.
- ‘Experimental fiction’ is a pleonasm.
- For all her pleonasm, for all her longwinded babbling, for all her pathetic redundancy, there is still so much that she will never, ever articulate.
- Apollonius takes no thought for style, and his work is marked by frequent pleonasm, anacoluthon, etc.
- He doesn't say how long ‘lengthy’ is, but as ‘a lengthy sermon’ is a pleonasm, and as he's too good a writer to commit such an atrocity, one suspects pretty long.
- And ‘hackneyed cliché’ is itself a pleonasm.