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"OFF OF". Hideous crime against English language. Discuss.

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UnquietDad Tue 04-Mar-08 10:37:40

That's it really.

jura Tue 04-Mar-08 10:38:49

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UnquietDad Tue 04-Mar-08 10:39:25

Well, yes!

IdrisTheDragon Tue 04-Mar-08 10:40:34

"Off of" is a hideous crime against English language. It makes me cringe.

"Off of from" is also worse.

jura Tue 04-Mar-08 10:47:30

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fryalot Tue 04-Mar-08 10:49:00

what's to discuss?

You're absolutely right. Tis hideous and should never, ever be used.

wordgirl Tue 04-Mar-08 10:50:02

Do people actually say "off of from"? shock

KerryMum Tue 04-Mar-08 10:50:08

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legalalien Tue 04-Mar-08 10:51:04

kerry - the "of" part smile

fryalot Tue 04-Mar-08 10:51:20

KM - you don't need the 'of'

"Get off the car" is all you need to say. So why add an extra word in there? It doesn't make sense.

KerryMum Tue 04-Mar-08 10:52:25

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LardyMardyDaisyBoo Tue 04-Mar-08 10:54:08

Scott Mills is always referring, on his show, to "that bloke off of Eastenders" or some such. It makes me want to throw my shoes at the radio. Never a great idea when driving grin, so I just can't bring myself to listen to him any more!

meemar Tue 04-Mar-08 10:55:02

What about if you say 'Phil off of Eastenders'

Is that allowed?

LardyMardyDaisyBoo Tue 04-Mar-08 10:55:51

no no no....that would be from <hastilay adds I think>

LardyMardyDaisyBoo Tue 04-Mar-08 10:56:39

bugger, never a good to make a spelling mistake on a pedant's corner thread.....I mean hastily grin

Mercy Tue 04-Mar-08 10:57:52

I would say 'Phil in Eastenders'

meemar Tue 04-Mar-08 10:58:42

Oh, you are all so well spoken grin

WendyWeber Tue 04-Mar-08 11:01:40

I also loathe and cringe at "for free" but it's everywhere now so I've given up moaning about it sad

WendyWeber Tue 04-Mar-08 11:01:54

Apart from just then, obv grin

Mercy Tue 04-Mar-08 11:02:02

hahaha - you should hear me speak in RL, pure Estuary English!

fryalot Tue 04-Mar-08 11:03:04

I may say "Phil off Eastenders" or "Phil from Eastenders" but I'd probably settle for "that bald tosser who can't act, who's in Eastenders"


Eliza2 Tue 04-Mar-08 11:10:13

Actually there is a north of England usage of 'off of' which comes from offna--a ?Norse word.

So if you're using 'off of' and you live north of Watford, you're OK.

If you're using it in Sussex, you're not.

IorekByrnison Tue 04-Mar-08 11:19:53

Eliza2 that is the kind of pedantry I love.

Hoorah for the historically informed pedant.

UnquietDad Tue 04-Mar-08 11:36:53

It makes me cringe on the Pet Shop Boys' version of "Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off You", when Neil sings "off of you". He's an erudite and educated person and it makes him sound dim.

It's not as if the extra syllable is even needed. It's not in the original.

Blu Tue 04-Mar-08 11:49:32

I'm from Nottingham where we used to say "gerroff of t'bus"

Guilty as charged - although I have undergone successful rehabilitation.

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