on Anne R. Allen:
there. How are you today? Are you ready to test out your redundancy eye?
You might ask, “Why should I care about redundancies?”
Before we begin, I’ll answer that question.
Redundancies are superfluous words or phrases also known as pleonasms: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.
Pleonasm is an unfamiliar term to some people, which is why I and other writers often refer to unnecessary words as redundancies.
Rather than augment writing, these
extra words slow down action scenes and increase word count — without adding helpful details.
Did you notice the strikeouts in the previous paragraphs? Each strikeout represents a redundancy. If I were intentionally bloating this post, I might leave them in. However, they’re just
I guess I did leave them in, and that means they still count as words. Oops, sorry, Anne, I needed them to illustrate my point.