“The work shall consist of furnishing all materials, equipment, and labor necessary to complete the project.”
This common note in bid advertisements bothers me because, really, how else is the damn job going to get done? By sorcery? Time travel involving conjuring pre-assembled materials that don’t exist from the future so the job gets done in the amount of time it takes to fire up the time machine, put the future order in and have the finished job delivered to the past?
If this note isn’t included in a bid ad, do the contractors assume they do not have to furnish all materials, equipment, and labor necessary complete the project? Also, the work doesn’t consist of furnishing all materials, equipment, and labor; the work consists of doing something with those items.
I love/hate to nitpick but that is where my training has lead me. But we are, in general, a very anti-education nation so I guess daft notes like the above are needed to ensure some schlemiel understands he/she needs to actually come up with labor, equipment and materials to do the work they are committed to doing by contract.
And redundant acronyms. Oi. For example: .pdf format — write it out and you get portable display format format. ATM machine comes out as automatic teller machine machine and PIN number comes in at personal identification number number. More examples are: SAT tests, CSS style sheets and, of course, RAP phrases — redundant acronym phrases phrases.
Also, what other state do .pdf files exist in other than an electronic state? The only way to get documents in electronic format is to download them. We see the phrase “… available in electronic, downloadable .pdf format …” quite a bit and I think, really? Someone actually assembled those words into a string without catching the multiple, jejune redundancies?
Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. Sorry, that was redundant.