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  1. This is entirely awesome! The language nerd in me is intrigued by the phrase “a deep-sea voyage to the bottom of the sea.” At first glance it appears redundant–wouldn’t a “voyage to the bottom of the sea” be “deep-sea” by definition? But not necessarily! Although “bottom of the sea” often connotes great depth, technically a 30-foot kelp forest dive is a “shallow-water voyage to the bottom of the sea.” However, a voyage “to” the bottom of the sea (presumably “from” the surface) couldn’t be 100% deep-sea, it would have to be at least partially shallow-water, on the way down and on the way back up. So the original phrase is, in its strictest interpretation, internally inconsistent. It could be corrected to either “a shallow- and deep-sea voyage TO the bottom of the sea” or “a deep-sea voyage AT the bottom of the sea”–the latter, of course, is redundant and could be shortened to merely “a voyage at the bottom of the sea” or “a deep-sea voyage.”

    Hmmm. Maybe I should write patents.

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