More from the black museum

The writers whose copy is subbed by JD and I are a pretty competent bunch. But (you knew there was going to be a but) sometimes they forget that every word in a story ought to earn its keep. Further to our first offering from the black museum, here are a few more examples of redundant words we've encountered recently:

Previous history
Future plans
Submerged under the water
International business to and from the UK

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could you argue that if a plan has been made but is only intended to be carried out in the future, it could be a future plan?
If not, please explain!!! - D

JD said...

The OED defines 'plan' as "an intention or decision about what one is going to do" - so by definition, a plan looks towards the future. You can usually just say 'plan' rather than 'future plan'.