Unnecessary Redundancies and Other Pet Peeves


I call them my GUPPies. They are my Grammatical and Usage Pet Peeves. And that was one: an acronym that is supposed to be memorable, but is lame instead.

An example of a good acronym: The DREAM Act, the federal legislation that provides temporary residency to undocumented residents who arrived in the United States as minors. The acronym says it better than the words it represents: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.

Here’s another peeve of mine: The extraneous use of “pre.” Examples include pre-planned, pre-recorded, pre-packaged. What would these words lose if they had no prefix at all?

Some people will apologize for their grammatical errors, saying that they made them “on accident.” That’s another of my peeves. We do things “on purpose” and “by accident,” not the other way around.

Then, usually by accident, some people create bizarre words, or maybe just badly mispronounce words that already exist. That gets my GUPP. Examples: supposably (for supposedly), simular (similar), athalete (athlete), irregardless (regardless), perscription (prescription), probly (probably), and, worst of all, libary (library).

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