Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome

In an email today from a client, they mentioned needing a TIN# for the IRS. For those who don’t live in the US, or who do live there but don’t pay taxes (e.g. Kent Hovind), TIN stands for Taxpayer Identification Number. So yes, I was asked for a Taxpayer Identification Number Number.

People do this all the time and it bugs me. It probably shouldn’t, but it does. When people say that they entered their PIN number in the ATM machine, or that you need to take your ID document with you, or talk about the HIV virus, I remember that I still can’t make people’s heads explode by sheer will.


2 Responses to “Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome”

  1. Con-Tester Says:

    Mmm, yeh, a superfluously overabundant surfeit of excess tautology can be quite annoying.

    Sorry, just couldn’t resist that. 🙂

    *Head asplodes like ripe pumpkin*

  2. FYI: what you’re complaining about is initialism and not acronyms 😛 [like anyone would really care]

    something tells me i’m going to start paying more attention to that from now on. although at least *i’ve* managed to say “HI Virus”. i won’t complain about hebrew acronyms too much though: at least most of them come out cute enough that it doesn’t matter what they mean. like the “Not Section” section on my primary base.

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