Wordy Wednesday: Pleonasm

Hubby and I debate many topics on any given evening while navigating through dozens of DVR programs. Debate=his mathematical mind against my creative mind. These exchanges always occur after a couple of several glasses of vintage boxed wine. The topics range from true friends versus acquaintances to the effectiveness and non-effectiveness of multi-tasking. I love me some Hubby, but he has a list of pet peeves longer than the Mississippi River, e.g.,people who chew with their mouth open, my placement of stirring spoon from pot on counter with food still on it, being looked at or talked to whenever he’s cutting his hair or The Deuce’s hair. There’s a smaller version of his pet peeve list that revolves around speech, e.g., the phrases “Well, between me and you…”, “touching bases” instead of “touching base”, and “110%“.

I find myself laughing whenever someone begins doing one of the things on his lists. They don’t have a clue about the crime they are committing, but after 23 years with this man, I know all too well. However I was caught off guard the other night. Whenever I’m making my case during our debate sessions, I tend to stress the concept of “I think” or “I believe” or “In my opinion”. Well I hit a hot button when I said, “Personally, in my opinion…” Hubby said, “You know there’s a word for that.” Pleonasm. He then went on to tell me it means using more words than necessary to express an idea. A redundancy. He said if it’s my opinion, the personal part is implied. Before the Implied versus Inferred conversation started, I took a moment to refill my glass blissfully exhale.


What are your wordy pet peeves?

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