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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 11:01 pm
What is the difference between 'superfluous' and 'redundant'?

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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 11:06 pm
@tanguatlay,
Superfluous is "more than is needed"
Redundant is "repetitive"

Sometimes there's overlap of the meaning but they are a bit different.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 11:08 pm
@tanguatlay,
Superfluous is "more than is needed"
Redundant is "repetitive"

Sometimes there's overlap of the meaning but they are a bit different.
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McTag
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2008 12:39 am

Redundant can also have the sense of obsolete.
spendius
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 12:32 pm
@McTag,
I understood redundant meant in reserve. It was originally, I read somewhere, a term in electrical engineering for circuits that kicked in if anything goes wrong. The emergency generators in palaces for example kick in as soon as the juice goes off. When the juice is on they are redundant. So a person without a job who wants a job is redundant.
spendius
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 12:39 pm
@spendius,
I could have used hospitals rather than palaces but I'm not one to miss a chance to have a dig at our feudal masters.

Next time you're sat in the dark shivering with the freezer dripping just remember that a portion of your taxes goes to equiping and maintaining redundant electrical circuits in palaces so that those banqueting inside need not have their conversations interrupted.
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