Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kill the redundancy

Here's another one from the department of redundancy department: "humanely euthanized." Once again, people who don't fully grasp the words they are using throw an adjective on top of a word where it is not needed.

Like "forever home" and "first-ever," the meaning is already there in the original word. No need to modify it, so please, please don't.

euthanize |ˈyoōθəˌnīz|
verb [ trans. ] (usu. be euthanized)
put (a living being, esp. a dog or cat) to death humanely.

(right now there are 50 stories with "humanely euthanized" popping up on Google News)

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