Armed Gunmen, True Facts, and Other Ridiculous Nonsense: A Compiled Compendium of Repetitive Redundancies

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Tautology—
A word or group of words that unintentionally repeats its meaning.

When was the last time you entered your PIN NUMBER into the ATM MACHINE? Or longed for the PERFECT UTOPIA? Using unnecessary words can make written and spoken language a DISORGANIZED MESS, but it’s not just STUPID IDIOTS who do so. We’re all guilty, and this irreverent collection of tautologies catalogs our most common redundancies and wittily defines them. A FUNNY COMIC, for instance, is “one who’s employed”; a BLACK CROW is “the outcast in those large albino flocks”; and a SURVIVING WIDOW is “the last one standing in an all-widow game of Russian roulette.”

Beautifully designed and illustrated with comically apt reproductions by the nineteenth-century artist George Cruikshank, Armed Gunmen, True Facts, and Other Ridiculous Nonsense is a welcome antidote to a growing tendency in contemporary usage—and the perfect book for grammarphobes, word geeks, and language lovers alike.

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Richard Kallan (Ph.D., Northwestern University) chairs the Department of Communication at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has taught writing at several colleges, including the University of Southern California (USC Marshall School of Business) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (Writing Program). Over the years, he has instructed a variety of courses spanning four disciplines: communication studies, journalism, English, and business.

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"Those bothered by the silly redundancies embedded in such terms as ATM machine or LCD display should consider this book a much-needed necessity." - Entertainment Weekly

"Nowadays, we are surrounded on all sides by a huge multitude of a recurrently repetitive redundancies. In Armed Gunmen, Richard Kallan takes witty aim at these bloated absurdities and kills them dead, which is surely the best way to do it." - Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English

"Consider it a stocking-stuffer for the writers on your Christmas list." - columnist James Kilpatrick

"Kallan opens our eyes to how we abuse language and meaning in the interest of sounding smart or out of laziness or lack of understanding. . . . This is a great book for all lovers of language." - The Grand Rapids Press

"Nothing draws a word person like a book about words. . . . So when 'Armed Gunmen, True Facts, and Other Ridiculous Nonsense: A Compiled Compendium of Repetitive Redundancies' came out of the envelope, I immediately started reading the best parts aloud. There are lots of best parts." - Salisbury Post

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