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It bugs me when I hear someone say "most current" to describe the latest information. It sounds redundant to me, shouldn't it be "most recent" or just plain current? I.e. An audit trail tracks the date and time the user modifies a record. The user creates the record on Jan - 15th at 2:00 PM, then another user modifies it on Feb - 20th at 11:00 AM. There is only 1 "current" date and time, which is the most recently tracked record, right?

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While the oddities of language is not really a topic I’d debate here, after some time observing the nature of questions and answers found here, I can comment that with the wide variety of languages spoken in the world, as well as the IT world, sometime what is redundant in one language is a re-enforcing concept in another. Think of words like Larger or Much Larger, and Largest. Regardless, arguing linguistic semantics is not the intent of this forum, rather it is a place to discuss and share knowledge about the most current challenges we face as professionals in technology. I’ll be surprised if this Question and Answer is still here tomorrow.

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    Yes, I think it is redundant, but as Flame said, sometimes it is used to re-enforce a concept, some other times because of English not being the native language of many people here, but sometimes it is also used because of bad habits...
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