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Guestmudgeon Joe Green complains on a one-time basis

My own particular gripe:

Use of "on a <adjective> basis".  In some contexts this is clearly acceptable, but the following actually make my skin crawl: "On a daily basis".  It is more properly "daily".  "On a regular basis" should be "regularly".   But perhaps the worst are phrases that use the adverb anyway, such as "on a fortnightly basis" as opposed to "fortnightly" or "on a yearly basis" instead of "yearly".

Great examples, Joe!  Some folks simply can't write/speak succinctly and have to toss in as many words as possible.

Is there something you read or hear that sends you up the wall?

Do tell us. 

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