The latest post over at Copyblogger confirms something preachers always knew:
Repetition is ‘a linguistically valid way of increasing the effectiveness of a message’.
The key example is “free gift”.
Apparently, split-testing indicates that “free gift” outperforms “gift” — even though a gift is free by definition.
This isn’t just about emphasis.
Where a technically redundant combination of words (“free gift”, “PIN number”, etc) works better than the more streamlined version, ‘those words become necessary, and perhaps even essential, to the success of a message’.
Worth remembering for those of us who are in to communicating — and communicating about the “free gift” of God’s grace in particular!