Pleonastic

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Pleonas’tic, adj. containing unnecessary words.

Word in the Wild: Say what you will about Aunt Vera’s cell phone addiction, but I still prefer her 140-character texts to all the pleonastic emails she used to send.

The OED says this word dates back to 1776, but the noun pleonasm, meaning the use of too many words, goes all the way back to 1610.

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