Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A tad bit annoying

A tad bit. It's just a little pet peeve. A teeny, tiny one. No one needs to take offense, because as far as I know none of you say this.

It is a tad or a bit. Not both. Both are nouns. Using both is redundant.

How do these things spread and become so ubiquitous? I've heard people use this from time to time and had hoped it was a local tic, but today I heard it on TV.

8 comments:

Susan said...

I say it. But I more than a tad bit repetitiously redundant. :-D

Katsuke said...

I say it sometimes, but normally I use "tiny bit."
Even more obviously redundant.

Susan said...

I say tadbit. That's just one noun, isn't it? :-)

The Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

I talk a tad bit about tidbits....

actually, I'd hear it in California so it is bound to sweep television and become a nationwide thing.

:)

Can I say "little bit?" "wee bit?" "tiny bit"....actually Jane, it looks like bit is a word that invites redundancy.

Jane said...

I think I may be fighting a losing battle since some of the smartest people I know seem to like this construction. :)

But, RPW, it is different that little bit, etc., because those are adjectives modifying the noun bit. Tad is a noun. :)

Jacqui said...

Oh, there are a few of those things that are annoying when people say them a lot. Sometimes I think English is a lost language in the U.S. OK, that probably made no sense, but you know what I mean.

Marie N. said...

uh oh -- I do say it sometimes, but more often I'll use wee bit.

Nat said...

I think people think tad means little.