X Y is X (Redundant Adjectives are Redundant)

X Y is X (Redundant Adjectives are Redundant)

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(X) (Y) is (X) (“redundant adjectives are redundant”) is a formulaic sentence structure typically used in online conversations for redundancy and emphasis. Some of the more popular examples include “Longcat is looooong”, “Successful troll is successful” and “old pic is old.”

Origin

The “X Y is X” redundancy formula comes from The Simpsons, Season 11, Episode 9, entitled “The Grift of the Magi” written by Tom Martin. The episode originally aired on December 19th, 1999.



Excerpt from script: (relevant quote marked in bold)

Meanwhile, on the other side of the chalkboard is a small office is being used to spy on the class. Lindsay Naegle and Phil watch through the one-way chalkboard.

Lindsay: Now, that’s market research you can take to the bank – the money bank.
Phil: I just wish those second-graders would stop jerking us around.

- “Grift of the Magi”

Lindsay Naegle and Phil watch through another chalkboard to the class formerly taught by Ms. Hoover.

Ralph: Fun toys are fun!
Teacher: Well-said, Ralph, but we’re trying to come up with a name for a toy.
Janey: Mrs. Fun?
Teacher: Not bad.
Ralph: Fun?
Teacher: Ralph, there are no right or wrong answers, but if you don’t pipe
down, I’m giving you an F.


Non-Redundant variant: X Y IS Z

This variation subverts the original idea.

poster 1: Sup /b/(insert picture of an overweight person)
poster 2: Fat person is scary

External References

[1]The Simpsons Archive – Grift of the Magi

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