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    Tuesday, May 22, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    A solitary moan to which I will talk back...

    "To the moaner who thinks we should 'apply the old adage . . . engage our brains.' The word adage definitively implies old. It doesn't need a qualifier. I've grown so tired of this redundancy. Please restate your point over again. You are what you write." - Sagamore Hills Township

    First of all, you should use your brain and reason with it -- and not rely on so-called "old adages." People used to think leeches would cure disease and that lead could be turned into gold -- but you are going to take their word on how to run your life today?

    And, redundant as it may seem, it would appear that the first recorded use of "adage" was within the phrase "old adage" -- that doesn't mean you have to like it, of course.

    Here is a delightful list of redundant expressions.

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    Blogger Kristen said ... (8:34 AM, May 22, 2007) : 

    Ha! The redundant expressions was very funny. I did take issue with this one:

    ask a question: If you need information, don't hesitate to ask a question. (Not redundant if what would be asked for — assistance, cookies, etc. — is not obvious.)

    While I get the point, no one wants to sound like Dwight Shrute, "Question. What is the best kind of bear?"

     

    Blogger anne said ... (11:32 AM, May 22, 2007) : 

    I think it would be awesome if you sounded like Dwight Schrute. Who wants a Bloeser Buck?

     

    Blogger Kristen said ... (1:29 PM, May 22, 2007) : 

    Question: Why is the badger the most dangerous animal on the planet.

     

    Blogger anne said ... (4:09 PM, May 22, 2007) : 

    I just snorted water up my nose!!

     

    Blogger anne said ... (4:09 PM, May 22, 2007) : 

    Damn you Bloeser!

     

    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (4:46 PM, May 22, 2007) : 

    If you in fact needed information why would you ask for a cookie?

     

    Blogger Kristen said ... (8:56 AM, May 23, 2007) : 

    No joke, one of my employees jsut emailed me this:

    "Question. Do I get paid for holidays?"

     

    Blogger Matt said ... (12:07 PM, May 23, 2007) : 

    If you really are what you write, then Mr. Sagamoaner is a bitter pedant with far too much free time.

     

    Anonymous Valerie said ... (6:46 PM, May 23, 2007) : 

    Um, hello??? This person says, in their complaint about redundancy, "Please restate your point over again." Doesn't the re- in restate suffice without having to add "over" and "again"?!?!?

     

    Anonymous valerie said ... (6:49 PM, May 23, 2007) : 

    On second thought, maybe they were being ironic. Sadly, my expectations of people are pretty low so I sometimes don't know if they are kidding and I am a snob or if they really don't know what they are doing.

     

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