Red Pen Diaries: A Fistful of Dollars Bucks

Red Pen Diaries: Advice and Observations on Writing and the English LanguageI see this one everywhere – signs, print ads, TV commercials, restaurant menus, everywhere.

It's a simple proposition: The dollar sign by a number means that number of dollars. Someone reading, e.g., "$35" will say "thirty-five dollars."

So why do so many ads, etc. insist on saying "$35 dollars"? Last night a TV commercial even referred to "$50 BUCKS." Dollars bucks? Oy vey!

Make sure your writing is always money – don't write that redundant "dollars" (or bucks, smackeroos, samoleans, etc.) after the dollar sign.