Why are these so frequently used in modern usage as to be unquestioned? I see these constructions daily in well-respected publicatiions and wonder if they are as jarring to anyone else as they are to me. Doesn’t the use of “yet” include the sense of the “and” or the “but”? This has been bothering me for twenty years and since it seems to have become more frequently used it bothers me even more. I thought I’d ask people here who might let me know if I am misremembering a simple rule. If so, this rule has its roots in logic - unless I’m doubly wrong.
I have searched old threads and cannot find the topic. Every dictionary I consult teams “yet” with either “and” or “but”.
In trying to construct a phrase in which these extra words are necessary for meaning, I fail. Why do we need an extra word in each of these sentences?
He spent hours writing the code, but yet the progam failed.
She hoped her employer wouldn’t fire her, and yet the next day she was unemployed.
Other than being my own bad writing, these sentences would convey the same meanings without an extra word, wouldn’t they? Maybe it’s just some half-remembered lesson from school and causes the same unpleasant frisson as when I see “alright” in print.