Posted by: episystechpubs | November 13, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Answers and Explanations

Good morning! Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz and the reasons behind the answers. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for mastering the pleonasm!

1. Original: Usually it was her custom to eat a chocolate cake on her birthday.
Correct: It was her custom to eat a chocolate cake on her birthday.

The word custom contains the meaning of usual or habitual.

2. Original: This beautiful waterfront park is the result of the joint collaboration of the Balboa Park Rose Garden and the Waterfront Association.
Correct: This beautiful waterfront park is the result of the collaboration of the Balboa Park Rose Garden and the Waterfront Association.

The word collaboration contains the meaning of cooperation between two or more agencies. You don’t need to add the word joint.

3. Original: Her wedding dress was marred by a tiny speck of black ink on the bodice.
Correct: Her wedding dress was marred by a speck of black ink on the bodice.

The word speck contains the meaning of tiny. A speck is a tiny particle.

4. Original: Johnny “Little Fingers” La Motta was sent to prison for life: the verdict was totally and completely unanimous.
Correct: Johnny “Little Fingers” La Motta was sent to prison for life: the verdict was unanimous.

The word unanimous contains the meaning of “lack of disagreement.” Totally and completely are redundant.

5. Original: I’m sorry, but the color intensity of this painting is not sufficient enough to qualify for the auction.
Correct: I’m sorry, but the color intensity of this painting is not sufficient to qualify for the auction.

The word sufficient means enough or adequate.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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