Death to redundancy

January 8, 2004
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Clay rails against “future plans,” which reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to do: compile an exhaustive list of redundancies.


Here’s one that bugs me immensely: “Different.” As in “Fourteen different choices present themselves…”


With all redundancies, the rule must be: does the meaning survive if the word disappears?

Click on “comments” to add to the list.


(This is my last post of the day … gotta get my teeth scraped and gums poked this morning; but this little exercise oughta keep y’all occupied).

14 Responses to Death to redundancy

  1. tom on January 8, 2004 at 7:36 am

    First, the most hated one of all:
    “Is currently.”

  2. tom on January 8, 2004 at 7:38 am

    And of course:
    “Free gift.”

  3. YL on January 8, 2004 at 9:11 am

    “The most xxx one of all … ”

  4. John McIntyre on January 8, 2004 at 9:29 am

    Surely the obnoxious pleonasm “safe haven” belongs near the top of the list.

  5. Dave McLemore on January 8, 2004 at 9:55 am

    A baker’s dozen to start.
    A new record
    most unique
    added bonus
    alternative choice
    rising up
    drop down
    burning embers
    close up
    Rio Grande River
    lag behind
    sum total
    old adage
    spliced together

  6. Nicole on January 8, 2004 at 11:29 am

    Up to at least X (although not technically redundant, I guess)
    general consensus
    lag behind
    complete stop
    IRA account
    PIN number
    VIN number
    ATM machine
    HIV virus
    open up
    close down
    fall down

  7. Peter Fisk on January 8, 2004 at 12:42 pm

    I was going to offer “safe haven,” but I see Mr. McIntyre has it covered.
    Instead I’ll go with “safety hazard.” It has the marvelous distinction working simultaneously as tautology and oxymoron.

  8. wayne on January 8, 2004 at 12:51 pm

    brutal murder
    terrible tragedy (unless indicating bad theater)

  9. Barbara Rixstine on January 8, 2004 at 2:46 pm

    Pre-planning. Tell me what kind of planning isn’t pre?

  10. paulwiggins on January 8, 2004 at 6:22 pm

    Here’s some we prepared earlier:
    a group of 10 people (10 people)
    absolute perfection (perfection)
    added (said)
    added bonus (bonus)
    address an issue (handle, tackle, deal with)
    adjacent to (near, by)
    ahead of (before)
    airlift a patient to hospital (fly)
    appeared on the scene (appeared)
    approximately (about)
    assistance (help, aid)
    at an early date (soon)
    attempt (try)
    behind schedule (late)
    beverage (drink)
    blue in colour (blue)
    breathalyser test (breath test)
    centred around (centred on)
    call a halt (stop)
    close proximity (close)
    commence (start, begin)
    completely empty (empty)
    completely gutted (gutted)
    constructed (built)
    currently (now)
    deceased (dead)
    disadvantaged (poor)
    discussions (talks)
    dispatched (sent)
    donate (give)
    endeavour (try)
    eventuate (happen, occur)
    expensive (dear)
    eyewitness (witness)
    face up to (face)
    facility (factory, plant, depot, toilet
    be specific)
    fast-track (speed up, accelerate, bring forward)
    filled to capacity (full)
    finalise (finish, end, make a decision, not finalise a
    decision)
    flatly rejected (rejected)
    for a period of 15 days (for 15 days)
    for the month of June (for June)
    freak accident (accident)
    funds (money)
    future prospects (prospects)
    gained entrance to (got in, entered)
    gainfully employed (employed)
    give consideration to (consider)
    head up an organisation (head, lead)
    10 hectares of land (10 hectares)
    in addition (also)
    inform (tell)
    in order to (to)
    in-depth interview (interview)
    inquire (ask)
    in seasonally adjusted terms (seasonally adjusted)
    in short supply (scarce)
    in spite of (despite)
    in the direction of (towards)
    in the lead-up to (before)
    in the near future (soon)
    in the run-up to (before)
    in the wake of (after)
    in view of the fact that (since)
    invited guest (guest)
    knock back (reject)
    less expensive (cheaper)
    make an approach to (approach)
    made redundant (sacked)
    major breakthrough (breakthrough)
    manufacture (make)
    meaningful talks (talks)
    meet with (meet)
    merchandise (goods)
    Molotov cocktail (petrol bomb)
    mutual co-operation (co-operation)
    necessitate (require)
    new record (record)
    objective (aim)
    old adage (adage)
    95
    old-age pension (age pension)
    one of the last remaining (one of the last)
    one of the reasons (one reason)
    ongoing (continuing)
    optimise (make the best use of, use effectively)
    participate (take part)
    passing phase (phase)
    past history (history)
    personal experience (experience)
    peruse (read)
    personnel (staff, people, workers, employees)
    placed under arrest (arrested)
    possessed (had)
    presently (soon)
    remuneration (wages)
    raze to the ground (raze)
    render assistance to (help)
    resuscitate (revive)
    retail outlet (shop)
    short space of time (short time)
    shortly (soon)
    spotted (saw)
    strike action (strike)
    submit your resignation (resign)
    subsequently (later)
    take action on (act on)
    temporary reprieve (reprieve)
    terminate (end)
    the majority of (most)
    totally destroyed (destroyed)
    transmit (send)
    underprivileged (poor)
    update (modernise, renovate, replace, improve)
    upfront (in advance)
    utilise (use)
    wearing apparel (clothes)
    worst-case scenario (at worst)

  11. paulwiggins on January 8, 2004 at 6:26 pm

    correcting email hyperlink

  12. Tim on January 9, 2004 at 9:59 am

    advance warning

  13. Dan Hoyt on January 9, 2004 at 6:24 pm

    competitive advantage

  14. breathalyser key chain guy on January 20, 2004 at 6:35 am

    How about:
    Greatly appreciated
    Thank you very much
    Not very pleasent
    and my favorite:
    As a added bonus!