Advanced search

Where on Earth has this sprung from?

(40 Posts)
readitandwept Sun 09-Jun-19 20:35:42

The use of "to which"? Just flung in in any context?

"To which this helped"
"Waiting on my car selling to which I'm going to buy another"

Just some examples I've read on here.

It's getting right up there with "alot", "afew", and other such made up bollocks angry

Andylion Mon 17-Jun-19 20:15:00

I've only ever seen it on MN. I thought I was the only one it bothered and that it must be a UK thing. (I am Canadian.)

readitandwept Wed 26-Jun-19 14:04:09

Thank you @Andylion! I was also starting to think it was just me!

pigsDOfly Wed 26-Jun-19 23:28:38

I've noticed a similar thing on MN with etc.

A poster will start a post with something like: went dancing with a friend etc. He or she will then go on to scatter random etcs at various points throughout the rest of the post.

To make matters worse etc almost always seems to be written ect in these posts.

HollowTalk Wed 26-Jun-19 23:31:21

Oh I thought this was going to be a discussion on capitalising the E in Earth! I know it's the correct thing to do, but I still don't do it!

RandomNameChange415 Wed 26-Jun-19 23:35:00

Might have its roots in a combination mishearing and misinterpretation of “to wit”.

TalkinAboutManetManet Wed 26-Jun-19 23:35:44

I’ve considered starting a thread on this exact topic.

I’ve only ever seen it on MN. However, I’m not British so perhaps it’s common in the UK?

It sounds ridiculous.

On some threads here, I think it’s an attempt at legalese.

ShowOfHands Wed 26-Jun-19 23:38:03

I have seen it on American forums too.

It is becoming more and more common.

Bluerussian Wed 26-Jun-19 23:45:38

I have never seen it so far but probably will now :-).

It's up there with 'bored of', 'would of'' and 'should of'.
Also 'off of'' rather than just 'off'.

readitandwept Thu 27-Jun-19 12:36:50


It does often come across as if the poster is trying to appear more articulate, or that what they are saying is of particular importance.

@HollowTalk I can't take any credit for that. My phone did it automatically grin

readitandwept Sat 29-Jun-19 15:02:35

Just read it twice in one post on another thread on here.

Why?! It makes no sense!

And nor does my irrational hatred of it, I know!

ScreamingValenta Sat 29-Jun-19 15:06:32

It's not just MN - random 'to whiches' are popping up everywhere. I find them very grating.

readitandwept Sat 29-Jun-19 15:16:24


I don't really use any other forums and have scaled back on social media. Sounds like I need to keep it that way!

riotlady Sun 30-Jun-19 19:55:36

@Bluerussian what’s the problem with “bored of”?

ErrolTheDragon Sun 30-Jun-19 20:14:45

Maybe it's autocorrect being stupid.

Lobsterquadrille2 Sun 30-Jun-19 23:36:35

Or met with. Why not just meet?

pigsDOfly Mon 01-Jul-19 14:46:17

Another one that annoys me that I see on MN all the time: hence why, as in: I spent a lot of money on clothes yesterday, hence why my account is now overdrawn.

IAmAlwaysLikeThis Mon 01-Jul-19 14:48:19

WTF I have never read that. I really hope I continue to avoid it, how gross.

readitandwept Mon 01-Jul-19 21:12:27

@pigsDOfly Not noticed that one yet. I shall report back though!

readitandwept Wed 10-Jul-19 16:35:44

Also, "eachother" is upsetting me.

readitandwept Sat 27-Jul-19 13:22:08

The use of "rediculous" 😫

MerdedeBrexit Tue 30-Jul-19 13:25:53

Definately, I'm defiant about that.

readitandwept Sat 31-Aug-19 17:56:14

I've read "abit" three times on here today. I've also seen "alittle" recently. Why are people just making up words??

Harls1969 Sat 07-Sep-19 10:07:26

A prolific poster on a Facebook group (for teachers) uses 'ect' frequently. Her posts are peppered with ects but I can't bring myself to correct her. 🤷

Meanpeoplesuck Sat 07-Sep-19 23:04:17

Harls1969 - oh, go on! Correct her, please.

Do it for the team.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, quick, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Get started »