I am what I am ....

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Apr 23 03:42:08 UTC 2010

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM, James Harbeck <jharbeck at sympatico.ca> wrote:
>>Is there a technical term for such silly phrases?  Of course, the end of the
>>statement is "a yam."
> Tautologies, I suppose.

Safire called them tautophrases.


--Ben Zimmer

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