15 Redundant Words That Make You Sound Ignorant

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‘New Scientist’ writer Stanley Newman coined the term “RAS syndrome” in 2001 as a diagnosis for anyone who adds an extra word to the end of common acronyms like “ATM machine” (Automatic Teller Machine machine), making the whole phrase redundant and repetitive. You’ll be surprised how often examples of Repetitive Acronym Syndrome come up.

1. Personal Identification Number (PIN)

2. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

3. Portable Document Format (PDF)

4. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)

5. International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

6. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

8. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

9. Universal Product Code (UPC)

10. Grand Old Party (GOP)

11. Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

12. Central News Network (CNN)

13. Alternating Current/Direct Current (AC/DC)

14. Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

15. Répondez S’il Vous Plaît (RSVP)

Source: Readers’ Digest



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