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‘The reason is because’

[8 Dec 2016] In Jottings, we have wittered at some length about the foul tautology ‘the reason…is because’.

Here’s a classic full house from the Times diary of 29 Aug 2016:

‘Paul Mason…claimed yesterday that the reason why most of the [Labour] shadow cabinet resigned two months ago was because they feared Corbyn [Labour party leader] would lead them to victory in a rumoured snap election.’

Delete ‘why’ and replace ‘because’ with ‘that’.

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