Last and Final Blog Post

Well, actually, not. The Redundancy Avoidance Police (RAP) would like to lodge a brief complaint against the phrase "last and final." As in, "This is the last and final stop." The RAP would like patiently to explain (the RAP do not split infinitives) that the proper phrase is "next and final stop." Before each stop, the train announcer says "the next stop will be..." Thus, logically, it makes sense at the last stop to inform people not only that Randolph (say) is the NEXT stop, but that it is also the FINAL stop. However, "last and final" does not provide any information that either "last" or "final" alone would not provide. Hmf.

Also, it's hotter than hell in Chicago. Maybe that's why the RAP are cranky today.


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