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    Tautology and Redundant Words

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Sack-a-Doo!, Aug 5, 2016.

    I stumbled onto this article this morning. It's aimed at business writers, but I fear it applies to some of us as well. In fact, I should have included it on the list of things I look for while doing rewrites, but I forgot:

    http://howtowritebetter.net/tautology-are-you-guilty-of-wasting-words/
     
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    I'll double-check these numbers...you mean you've already checked them once? I suppose I should be reassured, but if you didn't find the mistake you made on your first draft during your first edit, why would you find it on your second?
     
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    "My (very own) personal opinion," is one that gets me every time. And perhaps Ms St. Maur would like to revisit her final sentence:

    "Here are some of of them, along with some of of[sic] my own favourites." :eek:;)
     
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    Sounds like you either doubt my process or think I'm an idiot... or is this a case of using second person as a substitute for 'people in general?'
     
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    I love the title of this thread :D
     
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    Thanks! I stole it. :D
     
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    I agree that it's important to avoid unnecessary tautology, but I sometimes think we get too caught up in trying to "tighten" and end up sacrificing rhythm and style. I read some of the re-writes people offer in various critique threads and cringe - they've sacrificed a lot of nice language in order to make a sentence slightly shorter.

    If words are truly useless, they should go. But "use" shouldn't only be defined in terms of adding new information.
     
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    Yes, as my father-in-law would say, "There's a difference between picking your nose and ripping it off your face." :)
     
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    No, that was my attempt at another tautology for the collection...
     
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    Oh. Beg pardon. I missed it.
     

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