Wednesday, 1 September 2010

You can say that again

There are two kinds of tautologies: rhetorical tautologies, which are tautologies in rhetoric, and logical tautologies, which are tautologies in logic.

7 comments:

Mark said...

Which will get me into tautology club? http://xkcd.com/703/

Mitzi G Burger said...

Thanks! Today I was trying to remember the word for 'tautology' but it was elusively evading me.

TimT said...

Au contraire, there are three types of tautologies: rhetorical tautologies (tautologies in rhetoric), logical tautologies (tautologies in logic), and cupboardian tautologies (tautologies in cupboards). I don't know why people keep tautologies in cupboards, but apparently some do.

Dan the VespaMan said...

I don't think I'm over-exaggerating when I say this piece on tautologies has been an added bonus to my day.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

Mark, that XKCD taketh the cake. The thing about qualifications for tautology club is that you can never have too many, of the same ones.

MGB, ha!

THT, odd. x.

DVM, bless you.

Tony said...

Don't forget tautologies in football.

Ann O'Dyne said...

oh VespaMan - 'added bonus' drives me crazy, and last night I was swacked in the ears again, by 'watched on' courtesy of TV news.

The term 'tautology' is from the tautening one suffers before brain snaps.