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Is this redundant?

I started saying, "a short period of time" and then I started thinking about it. Isn't the words "of time" redundant? Is there any other kind of period other than a time-period? Doesn't the word period infer time, or can it infer something else?

I'm trying to reduce my use of redundancy, because after-all, I do work in the Department of Redundancy Department.


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Jan. 14th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
Id settle for a long period at this point.

Off topic.. sorry
Jan. 14th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Haha :P

A menstrual period is also referring to a period of time, yes?
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
16 days late.
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
You've had some major excitement in your life though... maybe you just didn't ovulate on time. It seems way too early for menopause...

Would you be upset if it was menopause?
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
I watched my mom go through it. I wouldn't be upset I guess, but if heredity has anything to do with it, my mom was 55.
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
I think if the context is clear, then the time part could be redundant.

The only thing I can think of that might make it not redundant is the whole idea of a "historical period." Because that's not so much defined by time as it is by social and cultural circumstances.

On it's own, "a short period" could have a few meanings, from menstruation to hockey games. But within a full sentence, such as "I've only been learning it for a short period," adding time would be unnecessary because the meaning is clear.
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm... historical period... I never took history.

So do you mean like, "The Renaissance period... of time?" Not quite sure how it would be used in reference to history, being largely ignorant of history myself. Do you have an example?
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, "the Renaissance Period." I mean, they do give dates for when it started and ended, but that's just for reference. The actual period is defined not by time but by artistic style.

So if someone says "...did his greatest work during this period" it could mean a historical period (during the Renaissance) or a time period (1680-1685). Saying "...did his greatest work during this period of time" clarifies that by specifying it.

But that's just complicated nitpicking. In general conversation, "period of time" may be slightly redundant, but it's a pretty accepted way of speaking.
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ahhh I didn't realize it was defined by the artistic style. I mean, I guess it makes sense, but I always thought it was just one of those things where the artistic style happened to take place within a certain time period. Never really thought about it past that, but what you said really makes a lot more sense. Thanks :)
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yes there is another type of period and you've covered it above.
Jan. 16th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
I think we have exhausted this subject: PERIOD!
Jan. 16th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: Period
That's a full stop! hehe
Jan. 16th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
Re: Period
I thought so. The topic was degenerating, time to move on.
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