Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 11:24:41 +0000
From: Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BAYLOR.EDU
Subject: Re: "bored of"

Devon Coles wrote:

Lately on campus I've heard a number of young students use the phrase "bored
of" as in "I'm bored of this course." It's really been driving me up the
wall. But even worse, today I overhead someone say, "I'm sorry. Are you
embarrassed of my question?"

my texan students will use 'of' for absolutely anything, it seems (or at
least using the proper preposition is always a problem in their
essays--i get things like 'similar with' and "thomas establishes these
truths to sexual identity" (this morning's gem). but i must admit, i
say 'bored of' (i'm a little beyond 30). the toronto-based band, the
pursuit of happiness, has a lovely little ditty called "bored of you"--i
think it's on their album _love junk_.



M. Lynne Murphy
Assistant Professor in Linguistics
Department of English
Baylor University
PO Box 97404
Waco, TX 76798