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Thread #132499   Message #2998780
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
03-Oct-10 - 12:48 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
I think it was GUEST,Bert who asked us:

Second of all

Surely it should be 'second of all but one' seeing as 'first of all' has already dealt with the first one?

"Of them all, the first is" blah-blah = "First of all"

"Of them all, the second is" whatever = "Second of all"

So "second of all" is perfectly logical, Bert.   I wouldn't use it myself, because the unadorned "second" is quite sufficient in that context and "second of all" is kind of cumbersome, but it's not logically or grammatically wrong.

Dave Oesterreich