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to be wonder why people say 'in regards to'

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Finallyspring Sun 10-Jul-11 21:01:31

1. It's not correct: should be 'regarding' or 'in regard to'
2. It's like something out of a 1950s business letter. It doesn't sound clever or more formal. Nobody has ever SPOKEN like that. Just sounds really odd.

Use 'about' instead
eg. I'm worried ABOUT my MIL
<runs to get coat>

Tchootnika Sun 10-Jul-11 21:03:52

1. They're confused. (I think you are too, btw: Surely it's 'with regard to'...)
2. They want to sounds all professional and serious, loik, ennit?

MiserableLes Sun 10-Jul-11 21:21:05

In regards to your post
I dont understand,I am tipsy

MiserableLes Sun 10-Jul-11 21:21:42

PS I hope you MIL is ok

lecce Sun 10-Jul-11 21:24:04

I haven't really noticed this tbh, but you have reminded me how much I hate people saying 'myself' when 'me' is the word they are looking for. Why do so many people seem to believe it is wrong to ever say the word 'me'?

echt Sun 10-Jul-11 22:04:19

'In regards to" is endemic in Australia, and gaining ground in the UK.

Completely wrong, and, has been said, seems to coincide with a desire to appear more formal.

Oh, and "send your ideas to Jeff and I" is very common, too.

CQrrrneee Sun 10-Jul-11 22:07:45

the 'and I' gets on my tits. Reminds me of being at school.

Thruaglassdarkly Sun 10-Jul-11 22:08:21

Who's Jeff and what sort of ideas should I send to you both? wink

Oakmaiden Sun 10-Jul-11 22:10:39

Shouldn't it be "With regard to" anyway?

echt Sun 10-Jul-11 22:17:25

Yes, oakmaiden.

Oakmaiden Sun 10-Jul-11 23:57:29

<polishes pedant medal> grin

Tchootnika Mon 11-Jul-11 00:03:54

"with regard" or "with regards", though? confused

BakeliteBelle Mon 11-Jul-11 00:05:03

OMG, why on earth do you care?

Tchootnika Mon 11-Jul-11 00:06:32

BakeLite, why on earth are you asking?

Finallyspring Mon 11-Jul-11 09:03:49

I care because I am a nitpicking pedant trying to kill time.

Also, it annoys me when I'm scrolling through AIBU/chat looking for something light and chatty and somebody's gone and used the phrase as if they are in some shiney suited business situation. It's too formal, it's very dated and there are plenty of other ways to say the same thing.

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 11-Jul-11 09:05:46

YABU to post this in AIBU. There are other places than here and _Chat you know. Why not try Pedants' Corner?

Pagwatch Mon 11-Jul-11 09:08:11

Is Jeff your mil?
Is that why you are worried?
What does "to be wonder" mean?

LRDTheFeministNutcase Mon 11-Jul-11 09:09:18

Yes, 'with regards to', or 'with reference to', which I think is better.

'About' doesn't mean the same thing, though!

<proud pedant>

SortingHardHat Mon 11-Jul-11 09:10:23

With regards your post I agree, because it's WITH not IN. grin

LRDTheFeministNutcase Mon 11-Jul-11 09:11:06

Grammatically, what's wrong with 'in regards to', btw? I know what all the words mean, I just don't see the error. You can say 'in sight of' as well s 'with sight of', so I'm guessing it should be ok?

SortingHardHat Mon 11-Jul-11 09:13:09

Regards in this context means consideration to or reference to.

So with consideration to your post


With reference to your post


In reference or In consideration (althoug the latter does seem to work)

TheLadyEvenstar Mon 11-Jul-11 09:13:40

too much for Monday morning after a hectic it bedtime yet?

LRDTheFeministNutcase Mon 11-Jul-11 09:14:18

Well, exactly! 'In consideration' is fine.

I think 'in regards' is correct, just not idiomatic.

SortingHardHat Mon 11-Jul-11 09:15:00

Shussh. Just accept that it's the way of the world and be done with it grin

LRDTheFeministNutcase Mon 11-Jul-11 09:15:10

Though, 'with consideration to' is incorrect and makes my teeth itch.

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