Redundant duplication

There are certain phrases I can’t stand:

  • ATM machine
  • PIN number
  • SALT talks
  • HIV virus (or HPV virus)

These are examples of something I just learned is called (humorously) RAS Syndrome.

At work we have something called DGs, or Distribution Groups, and my teeth grate if someone calls them “DG groups.”

We work with CNET (one of our TiVoCast partners), and someone today called it “CNET networks” — and I was prepared to correct them, but it turns out the company’s name really is CNET Networks, even though their corporate history admits that “CNET” stands for “The Computer Network.”

This is similar to DC Comics (home of Superman and Batman), because the “DC” part stands for Detective Comics.

I wonder if DC Comics Inc. or CNET Networks Inc. each have a division of redundancy division?

6 Responses to “Redundant duplication”

  1. rich Says:

    Get over it. The problem is a result of how we are not willing to say whole words. It is the revenge for turning everything into acronyms. Was is really so hard to call them Distribution Groups and leave it at that. No you had to call them DGs. DGs means nothing. People have to tack extra meaning on and at the word groups back. Be happy you got rid of Distribution.

    CNet started to mean Computer Network. When they changed their brand from Computer Network, to CNet it became something different. It left the door open to and Networks back on the name.

    If you strip meaning away people will add some of that meaning back.

  2. Stephen Says:

    So we should expect the new name of the fast food chain to be KFC Chicken?

  3. Crabby Says:

    No wai, we’d call it Jack in the B.

  4. Geoff Mitchell Says:

    Stephen, thank for this. It was humerous and somwhat “cathartic”. Along similar lines, I’ve always found it annoying when somebody would say they have a “TiVo DVR”, as if there’s a need to distinguish it from the TiVo Blender, TiVo Sunglasses or the recently released TiVo SUV. 🙂

  5. Stephen Says:

    Heh! Since legal requires us to use the word “TiVo” as an adjective and never a noun, the recommended usage is “record it to your TiVo DVR” instead of “record it to your TiVo” (LEGAL SAYS WRONG!) or “TiVo it” (LEGAL SAYS WRONG WRONG!). So I do tend to say “TiVo DVR” a lot.

  6. rich Says:

    Brands are strange things. In some foreign markets they have gone back to Kentucky Fried Chicken because KFC has nothing to do with place or food to them.

    Geoff, we do see a TiVo Wireless Adapter and TiVo Remote, which are not the TiVo DVR.

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