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by lara_beb    Sep 6, 2008, 2:12 PM

PUP Math Max (known as the PUP Nationwide Search for Math wizard) is a mathematics contest open to

all students in the tertiary level all over the country. Its purpose is to promote and enhance

mathematics excellence through healthy competition among the students. The contest is an annual

one, held in time with the PUP College of Science foundation week celebration.

Percival Byron S. Bueser, a second year nursing student of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila,

clinched the grand prize in the recently concluded PUP Math Max 2008 (Pushing to the Limit). Other

winners include Joselito Torculas, second place, of the Adamson University, and Antonio Valente G.

Macarilay of the Technological Institute of the Philippines as the third place.

This years PUP Math Max, was held on July 26, 2008, culminating the College of Science's 15th Year

Founding Anniversary Celebration, at the Bulwagang Balagtas, Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning

Resource Center. It was considered a huge success with 134 participants from 34 colleges and

universities all over the country. The event was chaired by Prof. Aurea Z. Rosal.
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Redundant Phrases
How often have your heard a friend say something like this: "It is a free gift.", but how could a gift be

anything but free? You would surely feel it to be an unfair use of word "gift" if you were to be charged

for it!

Have you ever forgotten your PIN Number for the ATM Machine?The problem, of course, is that PIN

means Personal Identification Number, so you don't need to say "Number" afterwards. In fact, it's quite

wrong to do so, for what is a Personal Identification Number Number? It's probably the telephone

number you have to call if you have forgotten your PIN.
ATM machine is also redundant because ATM stands for Automated Teller Machine. So when you say

ATM machine, it means Automated Teller Machine machine.

Most of us are guilty of making such errors.These redundant expressions and acronyms are called

pleonasms. Some common ones are in the list below. Remove the superfluous words (in brackets) and

you will not subtract from the overall meaning of the expression.

(actual) experience
(advance) planning
(advance) reservations
(advance) warning
all meet (together)
(armed) gunman
at (12) midnight
at (12) noon
autobiography (of my life)
(awkward) predicament
(baby) boy was born
(basic) fundamentals
cease (and desist)
cheap (price)
(close) proximity
cold (temperature)
commute (back and forth)
consensus (of opinion)
(difficult) dilemma
each (and every)
(empty) space
(end) result
estimated (roughly) at
filled (to capacity)
(free) gift
(frozen) ice
(general) public
green (in color)
join (together)
(natural) instinct
never (at any time)
(null and) void
(pair of) twins
(past) experience
(poisonous) venom
(pre-)recorded
reason is (because)
(regular) routine
(small) speck
(suddenly) exploded
surrounded (on all sides)
(unexpected) surprise

A.M. in the -
morning Ante Meridiem in the morning (lit. before noon in the morning)
ATM machine - Automated Teller Machine machine
CAD design - Computer-Aided Design design
CNN news
network - Cable News Network news network
DC current - Direct Current current
DMZ zone - Demilitarized Zone zone
DOS operating
system - Disk Operating System operating system
GMT time - Greenwich Mean Time time
HIV virus - Human Immunodeficiency Virus virus
HTML language - Hypertext Markup Language language
LAN network - Local Area Network network
LCD display - Liquid Crystal Display display
PC Computer - Personal Computer computer
PIN number - Personal Identification Number number
Please RSVP - please Répondez S'il Vous Plaît (lit. please reply please)
RAM memory - Random-Access Memory memory
SCSI interface - Small Computer System Interface interface

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