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“People who are confused by quotes can't understand them”

~ Russell Crowe on Explaining why people can't understand things are confused by them

Tautology is the study of unintentionally using unnecessary repition of unneeded words which carry the same meaning as one another. It is not to be confused with redundancy which is merely the useless repition of redundant information which can be confusing.


The word tautology was derived from two Greek words in order to form the derivative word tautology. Those words being "ology" meaning 'the study of' and "taut" meaning 'the unintentional unnecessary repetion of words with similar meaning'. Sometime during transit the transition of the word from Greek to Enlish resulted in the words becoming back to front, hence it's current back to front form. A book by the name of Tæutoligica Britannica was often printed in England during the 16th century and was commonly considered to be the definitive authority upon tautolgy as practiced in Ye Olde English. Mai Faasuto Totoorogii is a children's book from Japan written in 1908 intended to teach children who will learn about tautology.


The first recorded usage of tautology was by the Pharoah of Egypt which occured before any other tautology had been heard of and happened during the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. As Moses led the escaping Jews through a path on the ocean floor created by magic the Pharoah ordered his men to "Capture all the fleeing Jews who are escaping!". By good fortune several soldiers luckily did not hear the order and thus were later able to relate to others the Pharoah's strange (at the time) usage of words that he used. This usage of tautology introduced a new concept that had not yet been seen to the world. It was later developed into a full philosophy by Greek philosophers such as Socrates who created what is called the Socratic Method. It was described by Socrates in his description as "Where we have a disputed argument in which one person asks unanswered questions to the other person and the other person gives answers back, then they switch sides to decide which person is telling the correct truth and which one is giving false lies".

Sir Isaac Newton later developed the philosophy of tautology into a science by applying scientific principles to it. The idea that he thought of came to him when he was sitting under a tree and a soft feather fell on to his head. He stood up and shouted "Eureka! Since nobody else has thought of this heretofore unthought of idea it shall befall upon I myself to start beginning the study of this new innovative science." He later went on the found the foundation of the Oxford University Faculty of Tautology.

Several years ago additional study of tautology had been furthered by American Professors of Harvard University's Faculty of Tautology. Professors George W Bush and Dan Quayle have made huge leaps in the field of tautology with statements such as "More and more of our exports are going overseas", "Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things", and "The future will be better tomorrow". Unfortunately due to leaving the public eye by stepping out of the limelight these two famous professors have had to reduce the contributions they are contributing to tautology.

Examples of Tautology[edit]

"Drunken Irishman" is a tautological expression since all Irishmen are in a drunken state by nature of being drunk. Other tautological expressions include "homeless bum", "Chinese government oppression", "lazy college student", "lying politician". The most commonly used tautology is "stupid American".

Tautology can occur when two or more languages are mixed together. This is particularly a problem with Japanese which gives rise to a number of exclamations such as "you idiotic baka" (you idiotic idiot), "I like shuriken more than throwing stars" (I like throwing stars more than throwing stars), and "that baby is so kawaii desu" (that baby is is so kawaii).

Some verb-noun conjugations are tautological by nature, these forms are formed due to the rules of the english language that rule the language. Builders build. Skiiers ski. Singers sing. Actors act. Hecklers heckle. Cowards cow. Doctors doctor. Priests priest. Celebrities celeb. Seas see. Fingers fing.

Alternative Schools of Thought[edit]

The naming term of tautology is currently being disputed in an unresolved conflict between professors of the science of tautology, that is the study of unintentionally using unnecessary repetition of unneeded words which carry the same meaning as one another, and the so called tautology, that is the study of tautness. Critics of the science of tautology claim that since tautness is a well known and well documented word in the English language the study of tautness should receive the proper official right to be called tautology. Critics of the so called tautology respond that since it is not the study of tautness itself, instead it is the study of tautness and thus the study of tautness should be named tautnessology. Defendants who wish to defend the so called tautology point out that it is only due to the fact that an adjective in English must take the morpheme 'ness' and thus become a noun in order to function as the subject of a sentence, and that they are in fact studying the pure adjectival form of tautness.

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