Tautology: are you guilty of wasting words?

You’d be amazed at how often we use more words than we need to express ourselves clearly. Tautology and redundant words (there’s tautology, right away) are everywhere in spoken and written English. If you had to pay per word, rather than pay per click, you could save fortunes by pruning the unnecessary words from almost every sentence you write.

Tautology: are you guilty of wasting words?

Recently I was browsing a wonderful book, “Troublesome Words,” by US-born, UK-based former UK Times and Independent journalist Bill Bryson. Given that Bill has a foot in each language market, I reckon he is one of the best authorities on common sense western English, especially for business.

In the book, Bill shares a number of examples where redundant words clutter sentences and should be chopped off like dead flower heads. Here are some of of them, along with some of my own favourites. [Read more…]

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