I don’t exactly remember how the whole thing evolved but as first year college students, Gopher and I had a joke the punchline of which was the concept of “self-propelling yourself.”
Over the years, it’s become a sort of shorthand for saying something is redundant.
What is it about redundancy that is so seductive? It makes me cringe when people say “ATM machine” or my other favorite, “PIN number.” And yet, as much as I cringe, I find I have to stop *myself* from saying them, too.
I guess I should stop self-repeating myself.