The totally dingis-dumping case for boring, uberclean language

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A WORD IN THE HAND: PRESTIGIOUS

The totally dingis-dumping case for boring, uberclean language

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

There are, as has been pointed out occasionally on this page, words that are abused, misused and overused. There are also words that are entirely unnecessary.

When I say “unnecessary”, I don’t mean in a morally judgemental sense, as in: “Was it really necessary to call him an orange-wigged turnip?”

I mean useless, pointless, needless, excessive, unwarranted, redundant, wasteful, gratuitous, superfluous, wanton, expendable, surplus to requirements, uncalled-for, dispensable, nonessential, unmerited, to no purpose, unrequired, supererogatory words.  ..

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