My cousin Richard has a whole geeky-wonderful website dedicated to words. It’s called onetrickwords.com and here are a few highlights:
One Trick Words:
Some words in the English language just don’t earn their keep. For example,
A person can be taken it.
are invariably the screaming kind.
… not only is ‘ado’ always further , but it is only mentioned when ‘without’, as in ‘without further ado’. The phrase ‘much ado’ occurs in the title of a 16th century play but does not otherwise occur in modern English.
Some phrases are only used when they are untrue:
“I’m sure I …”
“It goes without saying…”
“If you say so ”
“I don’t want to contradict you…”
“With all due respect”
“Far be it from me … ”
& there is more. So much more.