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, 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 writing and […]

7 Headlines, 8 Grammar Lessons

In the past, I’ve used headlines to show how to — but more often how NOT to — write or speak. Examples teach best. This post’s seven headlines comprise three good and four bad examples that involve correct word use, incorrect word use, and redundancies. One headline boasts a double whammy: two grammatical errors in just nine words! Please know that […]

Got Grammar Pet Peeves? You’re Not Alone

I invited those of you on my email list to share your grammar pet peeves, and the results are in! First: What is grammar? Grammar encompasses the words we choose and how we punctuate them — how we string them together. Words give our sentences meaning, and punctuation marks tell us when to pause or stop, when to […]