In a recent Siri interruption event, UK's Defence Minister handled the interruption by saying:
...So, if I may proceed, Mr. Speaker, without the help and support of Siri
This isn't the first time I've heard people using both the words together, conjunctioned by "and". From the dictionary, I read that "help" and "support" are synonymous to each other:
So, what is the point of using both the words together? Is it just to emphasize the level of help? If yes, then can't we just use some adjective, like "great help" or "informative support" to focus on the particular helpful trait?
The phrase ""help" and "support"" indicates to me that there has been "more help than usual". Now, in such cases, wouldn't it be more beneficial to use an adjective and highlight the specific manner in which there has been "more help"? For example, phrases like "timely help", "detailed help", "useful help", etc. are much clearer than the vague ""help" and "support"". Am I right?