I am what I am ....

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Fri Apr 23 01:08:26 UTC 2010

>Is there a technical term for such silly phrases?  Of course, the end of the
>statement is "a yam."

Tautologies, I suppose.

>What similar ones are there?

What God said to Moses from the burning bush: "I am that I am" or, as
you have it, "I am who I am." I don't know if you had that in mind or
Popeye's "I am what I am, and that's all what I am."

James Harbeck.

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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