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Redundant Redundancies—Again

OK, here’s one that’s like an icepick jammed into my ear: where it’s at. If the phrase is used in popular songs, well, who cares. However, it’s moved to general conversation, and it shows the speaker doesn’t trust the English language. What on earth do you think “where” means? It indicates place. “At” is unnecessary and, you guessed it, redundant.

Here’s the phrase without “at”: where it is. Gasp! You still know what it means. For example, “Do you know where it is?” Lovely. Not, “Do you know where it’s aaaaaattttt?” Also, “I know where it is.” So flexible, so clear, so melodious.

Try it; you may like it.

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January 18, 2010 um 3:22 pm
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