[Ads-l] Estimated ETA - ATM Machine?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 14 17:49:17 UTC 2015


> On Jul 14, 2015, at 1:16 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net> wrote:
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> Exactly, although I think it's my first encounter with the redundant acronym expansion on the first element.
> 

Based on the examples at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS_syndrome it is pretty rare; the closest parallel in the examples listed there is the bilingual pleonasm in "Please RSVP". The asymmetry is presumably due to English being head-final.

LH  
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> On 7/14/2015 1:05 PM, GUY LETOURNEAU Owner wrote:
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>> Isn't that as redundant as "ATM Machine?"
>> (Or what about "ARM mortgage.")
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>> - GLL
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>> Topic line in an email telling when to expect our Boy Scouts back from
>> summer camp.
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>> Neal
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