Pleonasm: \PLEE - uh - nah - uh m\
1) the use of more words than necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
2) an instance of this, as free gift or try fact.
As the standard of mentality has risen, just so has the dictum of man gone forth that he must and will do his own thinking. He no longer wishes to have thought iterated and reiterated and hammered upon him again and again. Pleonasm is repellent to him.
-- Jack London, "Phenomena of Literary Evolution," The Bookman, Volume XII, September 1900 - February 1901.
After having spent time with Jeff's family (Jeff, Alice, Malia and Samantha, almost 17) and Kari's family (Kari, David, Quinn (28), Addison (24), Holland (22), Avery, Tate and Spencer (17 next week)), I've been reminded that my texts, emails, blog posts, etc. are too WORDY. Well! My son-in-law, David, even tells me that he knows people who don't even read past the first two lines of an email! And, some people who don't read their emails at all! Yikes!
Those of us from the generations who actually wrote letters to friends and relatives who didn't live within our telephone no-long-distance-zone thought we were ever so modern when we graduated (or lowered ourselves) to email. Now, some people don't read it!
I've enjoyed having the time to study a bit more about my language, as well as Spanish and French; I've come full circle from thinking mine is the most reasonable language - to - mine is impossible to spell and pronounce - to - mine is a pretty great language after all. I intend to keep up my enthusiasm and endeavor to better my grammar, spelling, punctuation and pronunciation - in Spanish, French, and especially English.
If I develop the ability to make my written word more fluid and pleasant to read, I fully intend to do so - even if I resort to