Most Unique Pleonasm Competition
This post was written by Colm McCarthy
Bunbury, on another thread, writes
‘…one of the most unique …’
Oh Christ! The standard of English on this website deteriorates by the day. But then, no one thinks twice anymore when they see the phrase ‘close proximity’ (a ‘pleonasm’ in grammatical terms), so the disease has even encroached on the groves of academe.’
I am offering a prize for the reader identifying the most irritating current abusages of the English language. My personal favourites include ‘new initiative’ and ‘almost unique’ (means rare, I think).
The value of the prize to reflect the quality of the entries.