Mighty Red Pen

March 21, 2007

A mighty challenge

Filed under: Pet peeves,Pop culture,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 11:53 am

Mighty Quinn (no relation to MRP) had this to say about the recent post about the redundant FedEx Express:

It’s rare that I can actually offer anything of note to your blog – even rarer that I can correct you. FedEx is the actual name of the company. . . . (For the record, I am leaving out the difference in Ground v. Express v. Air, etc., b/c there’s only so much trucker talk I am required to explain in a day.)

In short, the truck name on the blog isn’t actually redundant. It’s just you don’t want to accept their new proper name.

Mighty Quinn is right on one thing: well documented that MRP does not like to be wrong. However, in this case, MRP will stand by the assertion that even though FedEx is now the actual name of the company (which, for the record, I knew), FedEx is short for Federal Express, therefore FedEx Express is redundant.

They just sort of painted themselves into a corner there, didn’t they?

Sort of like what’s going to happen now that Total Request Live (TRL) is pretaping some of their episodes. Eventually, they will have to have a very special TRL Live. It’s just bound to happen.

In the meantime, I’m going to the ATM machine to use my PIN number to get some cash out.



  1. Umm, MRP, no matter how hard you try to rationalize it; their name is now FedEx . . . it doesn’t “stand” for anything. It’s like you legally changed your name from Mighty Red Pen to Red Pen. I wouldn’t say you still meant to say you were “mighty”.

    Anyhow, a better example: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. otherwise now known as 3M. The change to 3M is now the legal corporate name . . .hence, no redundancy to say “3M manufactures Scotch Guard”.

    Accept FedEx as a proper name . . .do not let your memory of Federal Express date you anymore.

    P.S. I think Rodney Fox would agree with me.

    Comment by Mighty Quinn — March 22, 2007 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  2. Ah, Mighty Quinn, welcome to the blogosphere — it’s not so scary, is it?

    As for the other thing, your argument is compelling but I remain unconvinced.

    Strong work, chief.

    Comment by mightyredpen — March 23, 2007 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  3. BWHWHAHAHAHA: “Mighty Quinn is right on one thing: well documented that MRP does not like to be wrong.”

    You have really opened my eyes. Tomorrow morning I will enjoy my Cap’n Crunch’s® Crunch Berries® and Cap’n Crunch’s® Peanut Butter Crunch® a little less.

    Comment by You-It? — March 23, 2007 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  4. To me FedEx Express is redundant. Seems what we have here is a differing of opinions, opinions as we all know are not fact.

    Comment by The Mole — March 24, 2007 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

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