Friday, March 11, 2011

Redundancy alert

David Lloyd says Bangladesh are off to a "cacophony of noise". Aren't all cacophonies of noise? Unless its being used metaphorically, as in "a cacophony of conflicting fashions". Or am I missing something?

Correction: Oldest error in the book, confusing a redundancy with an oxymoron. I did it in the older title. Thanks to Maithreyi for correcting me.

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Blogger Maithreyi said...

What you have there is a redundancy, I think, not an oxymoron.

I suppose Mr. Lloyd thinks there can be organised noise and then noise that's a "cacophony." It makes sense, although it's awkward phrasing.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Yargh. I'm an idiot. It's a redundancy allright. Correcting title now.


9:12 AM  

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