ARMED GUNMEN, TRUE FACTS, AND OTHER RIDICULOUS NONSENSE: A COMPILED COMPENDIUM OF REPETITIVE REDUNDANCIES
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 "the last one standing in an all-widow
game of Russian roulette." Other examples include:
- Armed gunmen: When you need to distinguish between two gunmen, one of whom is missing a couple of limbs.
- Ridiculous nonsense: Nonsense unencumbered by thoughtful analysis.
- Hot water heater: Stolen merchandise.
- Clinging vine: A needy variety of vine usually in a co-dependent relationship with a trellis.
- Extreme fanatic: One repulsed by moderate fanaticism.
- Monetary fine: When you want to ensure that payment isn't made with three chickens and a goat.
- Joint partnership: Two potheads smoking dope.
illustrated with comically apt reproductions
by the nineteenth-century artist
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.
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, "The Must [Have] List" for the week of May 13, 2005
Nowadays, we are surrounded on all sides by a huge multitude of 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
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
I immediately started reading the best parts aloud. There are lots of best parts.
A book that makes [its] point to hilarious effect.
--Contra Costa Times
Being a writer of sorts, I especially loved this book.
A titillating compendium . . . filled with wonderful examples . . . [that] will appeal to loads of people interested in the challenges of language.
If you like a little laughter with your learning, here's a perfect book for you.
--Santa Barbara News-Press
It is a hilarious read that . . . entertains us royally.
--Lancette Journal of the Arts
Our final conclusion is that Richard Kallan, the author of this compiled compendium, has successfully accomplished his
task of writing about repetitious redundancies that is vastly superior than other collections of repetitious tautologies.
--The Internet Writing Journal
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