9/21/2011

Another redundancy again: lagging behind


The other day an article told Mr. Rewrite that something was lagging behind something else. This is silly, of course. The definition of lag as a verb is "to fall behind."

Mr. Rewrite declares this one Another Redundancy Again.

Those paid to know better have a rough go with this one. Mr. Rewrite finds hundreds and hundreds of redundant references on Google News to:

lagging behind
lags behind
lag behind

For good measure, here's a related redundancy:

trailing behind
trails behind
trail behind

Maybe Mr. Rewrite should give these folks the free gift of a dictionary. Wait a minute ...

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