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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Based on Their Entire Body of Work from the Season Throughout the Entire Year!

I've commented before on this annoying phenomenon, but it's getting worse: now we have people writing "their body of work from the season," when "body of work" is already just a trendy, pretentious synonym for "season." Here you go:

"Adams said that officials are selected, much like teams for the NCAA tournament, on the basis of their body of work from the season..."

Now, this could have been written, "on the basis of their entire season," which is four words shorter and conveys no less information. But it's like an echo chamber of mindlessness: One writer hears a sportscaster saying "body of work," so he writes it, so it is seen by an announcer, so he says it, so it is seen by a writer, so he writes it...

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