An impressive video surfaced earlier this month: someone edited together every tautology from The Wire in chronological order. There are a stunning number of these turns of phrase on the show. They generally function to drive home the grim inevitability of the events depicted on screen, but as you encounter them back-to-back-to-back in this clip, they lose their ominous edge. The tautologies exist in multiple classes. You have simple ones like “the street is the street,” and “a law is a law.” The funniest involve several layers: “You did what you did, and now you are where you are,” or better yet, “he knows my name, but my name is not my name.”
This video is reminiscent of the “Sorkinisms” Supercut compiled by a similarly-dedicated editor a couple years ago. You can watch that one below.