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Crossposted from grammargasm.


I was reading a BBC News item about the US Electoral College. In describing how many electors each state has they say:

Each state has a number of electors in the Electoral College equal to the total of its US senators (always two) and its representatives, which are determined by the size of the state's population.

I just love the redundancy of "size of the state's population". Would just saying "the state's population" be nonsense in the Queen's English? If so, are there other such constructions: "the quantity of her age", "the circumference of his girth", "the height of its elevation", "the ratio of the proportion", ...?


I saw a car today called the "Tiberon". When I first saw it, I thought it was spelled "Tiberion" which I automatically pronounced to myself as "TIE-beer-ee-yon". When I noticed there was no "i" following the "r", I immediately switched to "TIH-buh-ron".

This is the first time that I've come upon a word that I've never heard before which I felt confident I would pronounce correctly where a letter (or lack there of) changed the sound of a letter more than one syllable away.