Every time I see writing redundancies, my teeth grit, my hair stands on end, and I want to run around my neighborhood screaming.
That would probably be very entertaining for anyone who saw me, but not very useful. Blogging about them, on the other hand, is super useful, because if anyone is in the habit of using any of these and stumbles across this post, maybe they’ll stop.
A big thank-you to all the smart people who responded to my question on Facebook about writing redundancies and other pet peeves, making this post what it is:
1. “It’s sustainable, and it’s also profitable.”
” ‘Sustainability’ means meeting the needs of people, planet and profit.” —John Friedman
2. “When airline gate agents announce ‘the last and final boarding call.'”
“Umm, there’s a difference?” —Jim Parsons
3. “Long story short…”—Scott Kaminski
4. “My biggest pet peeve is we use the word ‘use’ incorrectly. Use and utilize do not have the same meaning. They are not synonyms. Google it.”
“To utilize something is to give it a use it may not have originally had. That’s very different from the word ‘use.’ And so many people use it wrong!”— Michelle Hinson
7. “Needless to say.” —Jonny Goldstone
8. “Personally, I…”—Jonny Goldstone
9. “At the end of the day… (It’s night!).” —Daisy Chain
10. “‘Enjoy’ really gets my back up. It feels like it’s an order, or I needed their permission or blessing to enjoy whatever it is!”—Daisy Chain
11. “I hate when people say ‘I could care less’ when they mean they couldn’t care less.”— Stephen Cerone
12. “The absolute truth.” —Fay Shapiro
13. “Irregardless.” (nails on chalkboard)—Michele Seigerman Bennett
14. “I want to tell you my pet peeve. I’d also like to tell you.”
“If you want to tell me something, just do it. I don’t need to know you want to do so. Everyone starts an introduction by saying… ‘I’d like to introduce you to…’
15. “Top priority.”—Michael Smart
16. “Lobby area.”—Michael Smart
17. “8 students and 4 instructors for a total of 12 people.”—Michael Smart
18. “In a presentation, ‘This is a quote …,’ ‘Here is a chart …,'” — Rob Biesenbach
19. “It goes without saying…” Then why say it?—me
20. “It is no secret…” Then I probably already know it, don’t I?—me
21. “The sky’s the limit! Bet that one pisses space off.” —Michelle Hinson
What would you add to this list? I literally would love to know.
Founder and publisher of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke is also president & CEO of Shonali Burke Consulting, where a version of this article first appeared.