Tuesday, April 7, 2015

redundancies: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, April 7, 2015

There are many examples of redundancies in these pages: phrases which say twice what needs to be said only once, like “past history.” Advertisers are particularly liable to redundancy in hyping their offers: “as an added bonus” (as a bonus), “preplan” (plan), and “free gift” (but look out for the shipping charges!). Two other common redundancies that are clearly errors are “and plus” (plus) and “end result” (result). But some other redundancies are contained in phrases sanctioned by tradition: “safe haven,” “hot water heater,” “new beginning,” and “tuna fish.”

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