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Richard Nordquist

Campaign to Cut the Clutter: Vexing and Irritating Redundancies

By November 7, 2008

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First and foremost, I hope and trust that each and every one of you shares my basic and fundamental belief that needlessly repetitive and redundant word pairs, in any shape or form, are not only troublesome and bothersome but also vexing and irritating. Naturally, we really should, of course, be thankful, grateful, and appreciative--not worried and concerned--when a thoughtful and considerate teacher or editor makes a truly sincere effort to completely eliminate any unnecessary and superfluous words from our written compositions.

Let me repeat again: it's my personal opinion based on past experience (and I'm not over exaggerating) that cutting the clutter (entirely eradicating any and all needless words) is absolutely essential at this point in time.

Put another way, redundancies clog our writing and bore our readers. So let's cut 'em out. Visit Practice in Cutting the Clutter.

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