Tautology is a multifaceted concept. In most cases, it refers to something contextually uninformative. This can be as simple as a redundant word or phrase (“He burnt his hand in hot fire.”, “Julie the bachelorette arrived last, without a husband.”), but in what I’d call its most interesting form, a tautology is an entire assertion that is rendered intrinsically meaningless strictly because it is inherently true.
With so many ways to convey information in language, there is just something I find almost artfully ridiculous in the construction of a syntactically and semantically sound statement which nevertheless effectively communicates nothing under any interpretation.
- The stupid things that the slog does are all stupid.
- The slog is precisely as terrible as it is.
- Either I’ll defeat the slog, or I won’t.
Tautology. (Don’t?) use it.