Posted by Lotg on September 23, 2004
In a recent email to my ex-husband I jokingly accused him of 'over elaboration'. It wasn't until after I hit the SEND button that I thought that sounded like a very unpleasant word combo.
MW says thus:
Main Entry: 1elab·o·rate
Etymology: Latin elaboratus, from past participle of elaborare to work out, acquire by labor, from e- + laborare to work -- more at LABORATORY
1 : planned or carried out with great care
2 : marked by complexity, fullness of detail, or ornateness
So perhaps technically 'over elaborate' is not incorrect (double negatives, I love them). But opinions please? It sounds like I added a redundant word to me.