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Old 01-12-2008, 01:10 PM   #1
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William Safire has a good column in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine: On the Migrating of Of.”

His column — a rant, really — talks about some odd uses of “of” in popular (mostly oral) usage.

He touches on the substitution of ”of” for ”have” — a fairly gross abuse, attempting to give a tiny preposition the power of a verb. But the article mainly covers “… the use of of, as in ‘New York is too big of a town for me.’ ”

Safire reassures himself that this is mainly a problem in casual speech, but we see this aberrant usage online with some regularity — and while the web is not print, it isn’t merely oral either.

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