“I can’t tell you how very angry I was when Rachel called my idea stupid. Very insulted,” fumed Scott.
“Were you very insulted? Very?” asked Fred.
Fred’s apparent smugness annoyed Scott. When it comes to being very offended, Scott was as close to being an expert there could be.
“I was. Very offended,” said Scott.
“Very, you say?” asked Fred.
Creases decorated the landscape of Scott’s brow. “Are you trying to be very annoying?”
“No. Just annoying.”
“That’s what I said,” said Scott.
“You said ‘very annoying’. I was just trying to be annoying,” explained Fred.
“What’s the difference?” Demanded Scott. He threw up his hands in exasperation.
“You’re the one who made the distinction. Isn’t annoying enough without having to preface it by saying ‘very’? Maybe if you stopped using redundant words, you wouldn’t have this problem.”
The creases on Scott’s brow grew, resembling a mountain range across the northern expanse of his eyebrows. “You’re being such an idiot right now.”
Fred smiled. “Such?”
Scott shook his head. “The only thing redundant around here is you.”