Redundancies—A No-no For Writers

Beware Redundant Word Groups

Redundant writing is more than just saying the same thing twice. There are redundant word groups that while we may say them, are a no-no in writing. Writers are expected, at the very least, to know the meaning of words. Writers are also expected to know grammar. Redundancies are a hidden grammar mistake an editor will tag immediately. It’s an indication of sloppy writing and a lack of writing skills. Redundancies not only stand in the way of clear, concise, and coherent writing, but they are also an embarrassment. Consider these examples:

  1. mutual cooperation (“acting for mutual benefit.” Mutual is redundant.)
  2. consensus of opinion (Consensus means “collective opinion.”)
  3. remand back to the lower court (Remand means “order back.” Also beware of refer back and repeat again.))
  4. forcible rape (All rape, by definition, is forcible. Unless you are making the legal distinc­tion between rape and statutory rape, this phrase is redundant.)
  5. old relic (a relic by definition is old)
  6. end result (result is the end—a consequence.)

I bet you can think of a lot more. Think of them but be vigilant not to write them.

August 12, 2020

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