[M.M.X.I.V. 266] ATMM

This post is brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

In this crazy language called English, there are many abbreviations that are commonly used.  The title of the post, however, gives an example of an abbreviation that is then made redundant.  What does “ATMM” stand for?  The “ATM machine”… i.e. automated teller machine machine.

There are plenty of other examples, and one of my favorite (least favorite?) from when I was in high school was talk about the “SAT test” or the “ACT test”.  I took the Scholastic Aptitude Test Test and the American College Test Test a long time ago, but I would hope that people can realize that the abbreviations include the word test in the first place!

As it turns out, this is on Wikipedia as well, under the lampshade-hanging RAS Syndrome.  And RAS stands for “Redundant Acronym Syndrome.”

I better include something which is NOT on the Wikipedia page so as to avoid having this simply plagiarizing the Wikipedia page.  So, a redundant photo that I had to take at one point is below, and concludes this short post.  Maybe my readers can add their favorite redundancies in the comments.

Federal Express Express!  Does that make it even faster?

Federal Express Express! Does that make it even faster?  Seems like both an oxymoron AND a redundancy!


Today is the two-hundred and sixty-sixth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes thirty-eight weeks.

Today is the seventy-first day of the Character Building Trial.  That makes ten weeks and one day.


2 thoughts on “[M.M.X.I.V. 266] ATMM

  1. Oh, brilliant, Noah – and very funny too. Bugs me as well. The whole thing is completely barking mad, as far as I can make out: People investing time and, one assumes, money making up these risible acronyms – and not having the common humility/sense of irony to spot a redundant word/phrase when they perpetrate one!


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