Re: Friday-type questions

Subject: Re: Friday-type questions
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 10:36:26 -0800


Stan Schwartz wrote:

I take dispute with use of the prefix 'pre' as in 'pre-recorded in front of a live (what else) audience' or 'comes pre-loaded...' on your hard drive.

Well, how is this possible? How can you do something before it is done? Is this redundancy or is there some other implied meaning. Wouldn't that make an electronic transcription (a copy) a pre-pre-recording? Where/when will this end? How are 'This is recorded', and 'This is pre-recorded' different.

Redundancy isn't always unnecessary. In fact, information theory suggests that some forms of redundancy are essential for clear communication.

In this case, the redundancy is a form of emphasis. Another example of it is "In addition, we also provide." It has a long history of use in English, dating back to Old English, and can probably be traced back even further into other Germanic languages.

There's nothing wrong with it, but you can easily avoid it if you would prefer.

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Friday-type questions: From: Stan Schwartz

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