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is an unnecessary word or phrase that repeats an idea conveyed
by another one. ‘Pleonasmos’ is a Greek word meaning ‘more-ness’.
Language users, who speak a lot, tend to use it for emphasis but
if you take a close look, you will find them hilarious, as, for
instance ‘my autobiography, wrong mistake or bad ill-luck’!
Lawyers use a lot of these pairs, as can be seen in ‘betwixt
and between’ or ‘aid and abet’.
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Everyone is used
as one word when it has a unified meaning equivalent to ‘anybody’
as in ‘Everyone knows the drawbacks of liberalisation. It is
used as two words in sentences where it is used for each
individual as in ‘The teacher will correct every one notebook
foodies dictate to our tastebuds but who exactly is a gourmet?
The original word was ‘groumet’ or ‘a horse groom’,
later altered to ‘gourmet’ to denote the minor servants of
the household which included the boys who tasted the wine and
once trained, these boys would get jobs in wine shops.
Eventually, the wine shop gourmet became a connoisseur of fine
wines and foods in general, creating the present word ‘gourmet’,
that is, ‘a person with a discerning palate’.
The words ‘connoisseur’,
‘gourmet’ and ‘gourmand’ are used often in the same
sense but there is a shade of difference to their meaning. These
words illustrate well the vocabulary proficiency that most
people think is a matter of memorising word lists. Most language
users know well a set of high frequency words that don’t
involve a certain level of sophistication in usage. But, when a
person uses low-frequency words with ease, automatically the men
stand separated from the boys. Because, in order to use such
words proficiently the user should know the meaning, the exact
form and the right context. ‘Gourmet’ refers to a person,
who can appreciate food expertly but ‘gourmand’ is a person
who has a discerning palate; also, enjoys eating good food and
may often eat too much. The ‘connoisseur’ is an expert judge
of taste in any area; food maybe one such area.