93 – Mini-rant: Dead survivors?

Having been greatly distracted by two momentous events, Brexit and the American election, I’ve been very remiss with this blog. And, let’s face it, language misdemeanours, however diverting, pale into insignificance with what’s going on in the world. But having stumbled across this snippet, widely broadcast by the British media, I’m unable to resist a mini-rant. The revelation came courtesy of an eminent foreign correspondent, who commented on a catastrophic plane crash thus.

There is little hope of finding survivors alive.

Although overcome with an overwhelming sadness, I nevertheless wondered whether there might be some dead survivors – an obvious (to me, at least) interpretation of this tautological statement. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, tautology – saying the same thing twice in different words – is a stylistic fault which is quite common, but the venerable BBC and its reporters might be expected to be above such lapses. What the correspondent should have said is, of course, this.

 There is little hope of finding anybody alive.

Or this.

 There is little hope of finding any survivors.

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12 thoughts on “93 – Mini-rant: Dead survivors?

    • So sorry, Diana, for having overlooked your witty comment. Yep, I’m extremely worried by what’s going on – but rather encouraged by the early signs of a fight-back. We shall see … In the meantime, enjoy your lovely part of the world – and be very careful with hammocks! x

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  1. Hi Anna. I missed this post on my WP Reader page. I have really appreciated that you are dropping in regularly and reading my posts. I wanted to drop over here and wish you Happy New Year! Thanks for continuing to read my posts. ❤

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