英会話ブログ その692     Tautophrases : They are what they are (1)

2015/09/20

In recent years, or in fact, for quite a long time, if you investigate, people have used phrases featuring a double repetition of words,

The most common of these nowadays is " it is what it is."
The writer William Safire coined the word "Tautophrase" from the Greek word for redundant to describe these expressions.

In many cases, the phrase describes an unavoidable fact, or so the speaker believes.

An older, very common phrase "facts are facts" refers to the idea that some true thing (a fact) exists, and it is useless to dispute it.                                                   (G.K)

英会話表現&英単語
tautophrase                        同義反復句
investigate                        調査する
phrases featuring a double repetition   反復する言葉
coin                                    新しく造る
dispute                                 反駁する

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