4 thoughts on “Prepositions and Mind Control”

  1. We might also say “Come on over to my house”, or pos­sibly even “Come on over down to my house” — which would be a plaus­ible way of win­ning a prize for using four con­sec­ut­ive pre­pos­i­tions without sound­ing com­pletely pre­pos­ter­ous.

    Another thing. Does “meet with”, in the sense of “I met with Mr Rascal”, meet with your (dis-)approval?

    Don’t get me star­ted with the nadger-kick­ing con­stantly per­per­trated by the train com­pan­ies on the English lan­guage.

  2. Come on over down to my house” is just about bril­liant.

    I have to say that I’m not try­ing to be pre­script­ive. At least, that’s not the motiv­a­tion. I’m just irrit­ated by people chan­ging pre­pos­i­tion in accord­ance with some sin­is­ter agenda.

    I think ‘meet with’ is fine. German has ‘tref­fen mit’ (as I recall, imper­fectly), and the ‘with’ cla­ri­fies (where­as we might drop that word in English).

    Each to their own — except the nadger-kick­ing train com­pan­ies, of course.

  3. If I asked you where you went to buy your iPhone, would you say you bought it on the Apple Store? No, you wouldn’t.

    *pan­to­mime mode* Oh yes, I would 🙂 Assuming, of course, that one means the Apple Store at http://www.apple.com/ukstore rather than a phys­ic­al store.

    Using “on” rather than “at” is com­mon for online / vir­tu­al versus real stores. It’s a bit like it’s more com­mon to say “I’m on Google” rather than at “I’m at Google”. I don’t think there’s any con­spir­acy behind that 😉

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