Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: *self-complacent.

*self-complacent. *"Self-complacent" is redundant, "complacent" being sufficient — e.g.: o “You will remind the self-complacent [read ‘complacent’] to stop and think of their fellow men.” Joe Fitzgerald, “Unsung Heroes Suffer While Pols Play Budget Games,” Boston Herald, 11 Jan. 1996, at 18. o “In the end, . . . his approach strikes one as limited in its conservatism and a trifle self-complacent [read complacent].” Michael K. Holleran, “Total Parish Ministry,” Nat’l Catholic Rep., 9 Aug. 1996, at 15. Language-Change Index — *"self-complacent" for “complacent”: Stage 1. *Invariably inferior forms. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “In a story by Albert Camus there is a man writing a book for thirty years, and he never gets past polishing the first beautiful paragraph.” Royal Bank of Canada, The Communication of Ideas 81 (rev. ed. 1972).
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