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Does the greeting "Good Yom Tov" contain a redundancy? Doesn't "Yom Tov" mean "Good day"? So you are saying "Good good day?"

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The "Tov" means that the day in general is good. The "good" means that I hope your particular experience on this day is good and enjoyable. –  Ypnypn May 30 at 18:24
    
Tov Yom Good to you too! –  Double AA May 30 at 20:29
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This is a matter of idiom. "Yom Tov" while literally meaning "Good Day" is the idiom for a day that is "good" because of the spiritual level of that day. Thus, when spoken as a single phrase, the translation is similar to the English original "Holy Day" which we now use as "holiday". The Yiddish "Yumtuf" or "Yuntif" shows that it is used a a single meaning. Thus "Good Yuntif" would not be considered a redundancy. It is the equivalent of "Happy Holiday".

This answer was approved by the Department of Redundancy department (:-)

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Funny ... I hope people saw the humor in the question, as well. You didn't think I was 100% serious, did you? –  DanF May 30 at 21:00
    
@DanF What else would your question be except serious? –  Double AA May 30 at 21:45
    
@DanF What do the Jews in Rome say to the Pope on Shavuos? –  sabbahillel May 30 at 22:14
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@DanF Gut Yuntif Puntif –  sabbahillel May 30 at 22:15
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In Munkatch the custom is to say just Yom-Tov and not 'Git' Yom-Tov.

The Rebbe of Munkatch used to say that Git Yom Tuv is one of three redundant expressions in yiddish:

גוט יום טוב

מים אחרונים וואסער

אונגארישער נער

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Maybe the Munkatcher rebbe also noted that the phrase "Shabbat Hol Hamo'ed" is a double oximoron? –  DanF Jun 3 at 2:34
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