Some pairs of words seem made for each other, but that doesn't mean they belong together. Earlier today I was rewriting some copy and used the phrase "a safe haven". Then I checked my trusty OED, confirmed that if it isn't safe it isn't a haven, and deleted the word "safe".
A reminder that we should always think of the exact meaning of the words and phrases we use – and that subs need subbing too... as JD is always happy to remind me.
The ambiguous Oxford comma
5 days ago