Posted by Hunter on October 07, 2003
: Redundant words are, sadly, pretty common in the UK. Some that spring immediately to mind are;
: A free gift
: A skin rash - you can't have a rash other than on your skin!
: A dead body
: I bet there are dozens of others!!
Null and void (as if you could have one without the other)
Open and obvious (as opposed to what: open and hidden?)
give, devise, and bequeath
Eyesight (you never hear of Earhearing)
Actually, the first three are legal phrases and we tend to do this in the Common law because of Anglo-Saxon vs. Norman French phrases, so it would make sense to everyone reading it. Now it is just a habit or a style.
The last two are just silly.
See also - other French phrases in English.