Times, November 21, 2022

This is like another regular nonsense, ‘the priceless diamond worth £5million’. It beats me how you can write/let through the word ‘counts’ and have forgotten it six words later.

2 thoughts on “#563”

  1. I spotted this example of tautology in today’s Daily Telegraph. It’s not the fault of the author, Tom Rees, though he could have written “sic” after the quotation.

    “Kemi Badenoch, the International Trade Secretary, said: “The UK and Swiss economies are both services powerhouses and closely aligned. Today’s agreement is a win-win for both sides.”

    1. Thanks for the comment. In my opinion the media are ridiculously slavish about quoting verbatim. I have always tidied up quotes, though you need to be careful if it has been recorded for TV. In this case the words ‘for both sides’ should obviously have been deleted, which would have done the minister a favour. I often have the feeling that today’s subs do not register what they are reading. I don’t suppose the reporter spotted the tautology either.

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