Mighty Red Pen

October 1, 2006

Redundant all over again

Filed under: Word wars — mighty red pen @ 7:16 pm

I don’t exactly remember how the whole thing evolved but as first year college students, Gopher and I had a joke the punchline of which was the concept of “self-propelling yourself.”

Over the years, it’s become a sort of shorthand for saying something is redundant.

What is it about redundancy that is so seductive? It makes me cringe when people say “ATM machine” or my other favorite, “PIN number.” And yet, as much as I cringe, I find I have to stop *myself* from saying them, too.

I guess I should stop self-repeating myself.



  1. No, what you need to do is self-smart yourself:


    Comment by Krodamai — October 10, 2006 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  2. Krodamai, is that you??

    Comment by mightyredpen — October 10, 2006 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

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