I am what I am ....

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Apr 23 04:23:55 UTC 2010

At 11:42 PM -0400 4/22/10, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>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.
One more if memory serves:  "A man's a man for a' that" (Burns)

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