Why do we have pieces when bits will do? I mean the English language is littered with double ups. Bits AND pieces. What is the difference between a bit and a piece?
Between a spick and a speck?
Between a bit and a bob?
Between a this and a that?
Between an odd and an end?
Between a flotsam and a jetsam? Well, I sort of know that one but it has become a double act anyway.
I wont go on, you get the idea.
And we are not the only ones: the French gave us bric-a-brac.