Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 37

kinetic redundancy

this is the inclusion of redundant words when describing an action, usually as a colloquialism. ie. He kicked the door with his foot (with his foot being redundant). She clapped her hands, (her hands being redundant). I shrugged my shoulders (my shoulders being redundant). Of course, I could kick the door with your foot, or clap my knees and even shrug my duties (I know it should be shirk), but when the action needs specific body parts to complete the action, they are best left on the wayside of the road in the dust. (That last clause demonstrates triple redundancy).

Edward C. Patterson

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