Addled through addition

March 17th, 2008
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Homebuilders caught by the market’s rapid contraction have involuntarily added an additional 200,000 newly built homes to the “empty-house-for-sale” market – Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, writing in the Financial Times, March 27, 2008

Hey, we just couldn’t resist. In contrast to our more political offerings of late, this was a classic linguistic stupidism. It’s a clear and obvious redundancy that’s sadly all-too common in corporate writing nowadays, and here afflicted even the towering intellect of Greenspan, who let it slip through into an otherwise superb article.

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