Let’s Talk About Redundancies ‘Any’ and ‘Reason Why’

Regular blog followers probably know how I feel about redundancies. In terms of language, redundant means unnecessary, not required or called for. The best writing uses the fewest words to express a thought. That’s why I’m targeting both any and reason why in this post. Any Any is a determiner, a word that comes before a noun and indicates […]

How to Spot Redundancies

I have a thing about redundancies. They are a grammar pet peeve I’ve blogged about before, but the world apparently hasn’t gotten my message. I’m not giving up, darn it! A redundant word is one that could be omitted without loss of meaning; it repeats something already written or said. We are in communication mode […]

Headline Lessons: Contractions, Redundancies, Verb Forms

Today is a holiday in the U.S. — The Fourth of July (Independence Day) — so many of you probably are not in your office or at your computer. But my email list is not limited to U.S. residents, so I went to my latest collection of headlines to develop a post for those of […]

Political Punditry Plagued With Redundancies

Unscripted conversations rarely come off as smoothly or as grammatically correct as do planned remarks. But those who make their living as political pundits, journalists or candidate representatives should have a pretty good handle on language and how they phrase their comments. So why are we tuning in to the political commentary of the day and hearing a bounty of redundancies flying over the […]

Redundancies Run Rampant In Political Campaigns

Do you sense that presidential campaigns bring out anything but the best in language use? I realize spontaneous comments can end up sounding less than perfect, but I’ve been tracking candidates and commentators, and in my usual ruthless editor style, I feel another redundancy rant coming on. Here’s a guideline I use when deciding if a word is […]

Respect Your Readers: Reduce Redundancies

Different has been on this ruthless editor’s grammar radar for some time. Its use might be simply a bad habit, but I’ve heard it enough lately to prompt me to write a post about how redundant it can be. What is a redundant word? It’s one that doesn’t add meaning to what is being said or written. […]

Avoid Redundancies That Bloat Writing and Speaking

Whether we’re online, listening to the radio or podcast, reading, watching television, or simply having a conversation with someone, we’re constantly processing an endless onslaught of words. Would it be too much to ask that the messages we’re receiving be concise? As a communication professional, I work hard at watching for redundancies in my own […]

Twitter Grammar: Do You Tweet Out, Tweet In, or Just Plain Tweet?

A recent online post about tweeting caught my attention: “I understand that tweet already means to send a message, but I am hearing tweet out more frequently. Isn’t tweet out a redundancy in the category of revert back, continue on, rise up and drop down?” As a ruthless editor sensitive to redundancies, I’ve had this question, too. We see plenty […]