Friday, November 2, 2007


I was listening to the am radio station again on the way to work yesterday when Michael Savage, a talkshow host, said something that perked up my ears: "The best language is concise and clear." He was complaining about how so many of his listeners write ridiculously and unnecessarily long emails to him. Anyway, I thought about that statement and suddenly I realized how often redundant language is spoken; most of us say,"Can you repeat that again?" or "The reason why..." 'Repeat' already has the 'again' built into it just as 'why' is in 'reason'.


Pat said...

Yes indeed, Judy! We'll do something on redundancy today.

ceruleanjen said...

We do that a lot with acronymns, too -- PIN number, HIV virus, etc.