Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 13:07:15 EST
From: RonButters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: OF, the universal preposition

In a message dated 3/19/98 9:29:33 AM, you wrote:

At 9:33 PM -0800 3/18/98, 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?"
Is this just a local thing (British Columbia), or has anyone else noticed
this odd use of "of"?

Might be generational. My kids (at least one of them) often complain about
being "bored of" something, and they're in Connecticut (a ways from BC).
Impressionistically, there may be an influence from "tired of" here. (I
suppose some would see a blend or 'contamination' if this is right.)


Perhaps OF is replacing all other prepositions in all such contexts. Here are
two quotes from (or should I say "of"?) a student paper that I happen to be
reading right now:

1. "David's own disgust of [SIC--not "for" or "with"] Jacques and Guillaume is
seen clearly in the following passage . . ."

2. "The reason why David is so fiercely hateful of [SIC--not "toward"] Jacques
and Guillaume is probably because he feels that they represent his future."

The author is a very bright 18-year-old male from (or should I say "of"?)
Cleveland, Ohio.