Is It Off ?
So, where are we? I mean, so far like, up to now, this entire study is so awesome and of course cool , that we should , like, not stop.
As you can see, I have tried to consolidate all these expressions into one paragraph and it just does not work.
Read the following:
Have you noticed how haggard, passengers appear after they get off of the plane? In another area of the airport where throngs are waiting to leave, we see children playing on the carpet. One little boy says to another midway through their rough-housing,
“Hey Tim! That hurts! Get off of me!”
Suspended from the ceiling of the same lounge, a television set is providing entertainment. At the moment, a weather report is being offered,
“Winds from the south-west are picking up moisture off of Lakes Michigan and Erie………”
I ask you, “Is there anything wrong here?”
Well, try this: Repeat after me, off of, off of , off of , now faster – off of off of off of . Ridiculous isn’t it?
Why on earth would you use two prepositions together when one will suffice?
It doesn’t make sense does it? One hears that two word combo everywhere. I have even heard it on the CBC! It seems to be acceptable. Why? Only because of widespread use.
Is it correct to use off of ? No, it is incorrect for those of us who have a sensitive ear to certain words or phrases in spite of Shakespeare or Pepys or even President Harry Truman having used “off of”.
It has been said that only in the past twenty years has its use been most noticeable and more so in the USA.
In the print form, off of, appears clumsy and even gauche. To say it persistently with all its awkwardness would surely result in a facial defect centered in the area of the lower lip.