John Stonehouse, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Copyright 2013, John Stonehouse; published at Smashwords.com
ISBN 978 – 0 – 9881424 – 2 – 8
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A redundancy is an unnecessary word or phrase which qualifies another word. For instance, the term past history is redundant. History is always past and never present or future. (It can, however, be recent or even ancient.) The stilted business-letter expression enclosed herewith is another redundancy that can be replaced by enclosed. Even the common (in North America, at least) off of (as in He jumped off of the bridge) is redundant; it should be replaced by off or sometimes from. The other aspect of wordy English is the use of a long (and sometimes obscure) word when a short, everyday one will do. Is assistance a “better” word than help? Clearly not, and in fact there is nothing wrong with using assistance when help has been perhaps overused in the context. But the word cognizant seems pretentious when the intention is the simpler word aware.