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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Do You Employ Redundancy? #5

One more venture into the land of unwarranted words, repetitions and sinful syntax. If you’re a guilty party, you’re sentence is a series of serious sessions studying Fowler’s Modern English Usage!

Advance planning: Planning, by its very nature nature, is done in advance, otherwise it’s not planning, is it? Keep ‘advance’ for your language studies.

Filled to capacity: If you fill something, you do so to capacity. No need for both words to describe this.

Join together: You know, you can’t ‘join apart’, you can, in fact, only join things, people etc., in a manner that brings them together. ‘Together’ isn’t needed.

New beginning: Something begins when it’s new. ‘New’ is superfluous.

Completely filled: See above. Something that’s filled is thoroughly so. Whilst you need a modifier if something is only partially filled, you don’t need it when the deed is completed.

Forever and everA dubious duplication encouraged by some fairy tales and, unbelievably, the Lord’s Prayer! If it’s forever, it can’t be for any longer, so the second ‘ever’ is redundant.

Same identicalSomething that is the same is identical. Enough said.

Therapeutic treatmentOff you go to the therapist for treatment. If it isn’t therapeutic, you aren’t getting your money’s worth, are you?

Unintended mistake: A mistake is an error, a slip-up, an accident. By its nature such a thing is not intended.

Absolutely sure: Sure about something? Then you have no doubt. Certainty (or being sure) is an absolute state, so ‘absolute’ is superfluous.  


Yet another rant done with. But there will be more!
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