Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pedantry Files


(Jon is talking to a pedantic friend)

Jon: Do you realise how infuriatingly frustrating it is having you pick up on every single little minute error within every sentence I say?

(The pedant winces. Jon rolls his eyes.)

Jon: What?

Pedant: It's just that the phrase "infuriatingly frustrating" is something of a tautology. The two words mean the same thing. It's not necessary to have...

Jon: I'm warning you!

Pedant: And don't get me started on following the word "little" with the word "minute".

Jon: Aaaargh!!!

(Jon batters the pedant to death with an "m" he decided not to use when he used the phrase "to who it may concern")

4 comments:

Anonymous Pedant said...

Now do 'infuriating' and 'frustrating' really mean the same?

Is it possible to say 'a' tautology?

Anna said...

Lemme guess: Anonymous pedant = Andy?

Andy said...

Weirdly, it wasn't me but as soon as I read it I thought:

"I bet people will think this was me."

QED. Hmm...

Anna said...

Oh NO! Are you saying there is more than one of the A.H Species on this planet... oh dear!