Welcome back to the second half of Spring cleaning for your writing. Today, we will examine more redundancies that can bog down even the best prose.
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Okay, so back to Spring cleaning. Grab those pruning shears. It's time to edit.
Richard Nordquist compiled a great list of 200 common redundancies for About.com. Here are some mentioned.
(Final) conclusion. What other kind is there?
(Fly) through the air. Can one fly anywhere else?
(Live) studio audience. Let's hope so.
Nape (of her neck). A nape can only be found at the back of the neck. There is no nape of the arm, for example.
ISBN (number). This is the acronym for international standard book number and does not require the extra the word "number," just like our ATM (machine) example from Monday's post. The next two redundancies also have needless repetition.
LCD (display). Liquid crystal display.
HIV (virus). Human immunodeficiency virus.
(Unexpected) surprise. Yes, yes it is.
(Underground) subway. If it were above ground, it would not be a subway, right?
And my favorite...
All of us get so used to hearing or reading these phrases, we do not stop to think of what they mean. Bookmark Nordquist's list and refer back to it often. It will help to produce crisp, unencumbered prose.
I am taking the day off on Friday to spend time with my family for Easter, so there will be no Flash Fiction Fridays post. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you on Monday.