Repetitious and Redundant | July 21, 2010: “One man’s duplication is another man’s competitive analysis,” Clapper said of the newspaper’s assertion that there are excessive redundancies within the nation’s intelligence agencies. | July 19, 2010: We work constantly to reduce inefficiencies and redundancies, while preserving a degree of intentional overlap among agencies to strengthen analysis, challenge conventional thinking, and eliminate single points of failure. | June 25, 2010: The film spends so long running around in ever-increasing circles, it seems to forget where it wanted to go with these characters, and the third act forfeits on its promise of reversals, settling instead for repetition and redundancy. | June 20, 2010: At the same time, Gates has led an administration effort to refocus Pentagon spending by cutting what he considers to be redundant or unnecessary projects and programs.

And that’s in just a 30-day period on one major news website. Our appetite for verbiage truly is insatiable. Now, which is worse: repetitious redundancy or using redundancy as a synonym for useless?

Otto E. Mezzo


3 thoughts on “Repetitious and Redundant”

  1. Perhaps you will enjoy my coinage for excessive language. It stems from a phrase I used “the conversational equivalent of styrofoam packing peanuts.” I abbreviated that to just “packing peanuts,” and later just “peanuts.” Now when I am going through something I wrote, looking for words to remove, having spotted a word or phrase to be edited out, I will shout “peanuts!” Then, I will hit the delete key and remove the offending material. I’m not thinking this will catch on, but it does help to break the tension in a room with just myself, a computer and a ton of work to be done.

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