The tally

Tally #2If you went to the trouble of tallying up the redundancies in my previous post, I’ll add you to my list of kindred spirits. Did anyone come up with forty-four? I’ve explained my thinking for some of the more egregious and less obvious ones.

  • Attentive eye for detail: If an eye for detail is not attentive, it’s not an eye for detail.
  • Usually tend to find: If you tend to find something, you usually find it.
  • Increasingly more: This baffling construction has been cropping up increasingly often.
  • Pretend like: To pretend is to act like, just as to resemble is to look like. And we don’t say “He resembles like a monkey,” do we?
  • Close scrutiny: Same principle as “attentive eye for detail.”
  • The reason…is because: The reason is the because.
  • No longer…anymore: The fact that these words were separated by “teach even the basic essentials” may have concealed the crime.
  • Directly confronting: Done any indirect confronting lately?
  • End result: This one is so common as to seem correct, but it ain’t. A result is an end.
  • Usual custom: Custom means “usual practice.”
  • Zip my lips shut: If you figure out a way to zip your lips open, let me know.
  • Revert back: As opposed to reverting ahead, perhaps?
  • Actual fact: Anyone know of some non-actual facts? I may want to start a collection.
  • Visualize it in my mind’s eye: While you’re at it, let me know if you’ve figured out how to get your elbow or big toe to visualize something.
  • Contrasted against: The word “contrast” has “against” built into it (cf. pretend like), which is why we contrast with or to.
  • Plan ahead: Like “actual fact,” this one has become common enough to blend into the wall décor – which doesn’t make it any less objectionable. You can no more readily plan behind than you can revert ahead.Tally #3
  • Added bonus: A bonus is an added benefit. I suppose one could say “added bonus” to denote a second bonus, as in: “That lucky bastard got an end-of-year bonus from his supervisor and an added bonus from the vice-president,” but we know that’s not what people mean when they use the term.
  • I suspect…may continue: The word “suspect” already implies an uncertain (if probable) outcome. If you think there’s a good chance you’ll get a call from the hot dude you met in your advanced grammar class last week, there are two correct ways to express the sentiment: “I suspect he will call” or “He may call.” OK, there’s a third way: “It’s been two days and he hasn’t called yet, so he’s just not that into me.”
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2 Responses to The tally

  1. Alexis says:

    Tally ho! As always your blog is entertaining and informative. Forgive the lack of witty commentary, as I’m rather tired today.

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