Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rising Higher

More than a year ago, a caption writer got a rise out of me. I mentioned then that the ridiculous, the redundant, the ridiculously redundant "rise up" is, unfortunately, everywhere. How right I was.

It has reared its ugly head again, this time near the end of the intro to an Entertainment Weekly article about the film The Dark Knight Rises.

That's The Dark Knight Rises — not The Dark Knight Rises Up. The filmmakers knew enough to leave up out. Too bad the EW writer does not. The concrete platform rises from the watery deep. It does not "rise up" from the deep. Sigh.

Batman's utility belt is chock full of cool gadgets. I wonder if, along with the batcuffs, batarangs and bat-shaped grappling hook, it also has a batdundancy device. Redundancies are a crime, and the Caped Crusader is a crime fighter. So fight, Batman! Fight!

Bap!! Zok!! Kapow!! Splat!! Thwack!! Whap!!

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