I recently read some well-deserved scorn for proactive. Terry Pratchett pokes gentler but equally well-deserved fun at interactive in Thud!:
"`I'm sorry, sir. (The painting is) probably long gone out of the city.'Right on, Brother Pratchett!
"`But hwhy?' said the curator. `They could have studied it in the museum! hWe're very interactive these days!'
"`Interactive?' said Vimes. `What do you mean?'
"`hWell, people can ... look at the pictures as much as they hwant,' said Sir Reynold. He sounded a little annoyed. People shouldn't ask that kind of question."
Now, what's your favorite redundancy, circumlocution, periphrasis, pleonasm or just plain useless use of words?
"You want tellers to be proactive, but you want them to do it safely," said FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt.
© Peter Rozovsky 2009