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The Annals of Redundancy Annals – How to Write

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Redundancy creeps into everyone’s writing. At best, it adds bloat. At worst, it insults readers’ intelligence. We don’t intend to insult readers, so why do we do it?

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Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

A fantastic article by "Word Up!" author, Marcia Riefer Johnston. Having met her husband, I can easily imagine him snuggling up in the recliner, ready to read, and after only a few pages, tossing the book over his shoulder in digust. Marcia makes a good point, however, about redundanices. There are quite a few that are commonly used in speech (caught myself almost saying one there!) that she outlines as being…not such a good idea in writing. Read it now!


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

4 thoughts on “The Annals of Redundancy Annals – How to Write

    1. Thanks! It’s mostly content curation today. I haven’t done as much actually writing as I should. I’m so busy with work that I’m usually tired to write at night. I have a lot of Lavacon posts to still write–I’ve barely even started! I’ve just organized notes a little bit from Adobe Day.

      And thanks for writing a fun article to share! 🙂 Hugs right back at ‘ya!

        1. Thanks. I don’t mind being busy if it’s productive busy at work, which it is. It’s nice to have a job where my opinion and expertise is actually appreciated. 🙂 I’ll get something original up soon! (PS–countertops coming tomorrow!)

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