Oz--one f or two?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 19 20:27:31 UTC 2009

I saw plenty of "ofs" in this context when I was grading themes, but I doubt
very much that I ever saw an "off."  Caution alone prevents me from swearing
to it.


On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 4:12 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>wrote:

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> Spotted in the commentary by an Australian reader of TPM:
> "Thankfully we had travel insurance as there would have been no way we
> _could of_ afforded treatment."
> I used to think it was mostly the American privilege to write like this.
> Now I've seen it in published or written sentences by people from the UK
> (including Scotland), Ireland and Australia (no non-native speakers AFAIK).
> These come in both "of" and "off" variants (no "ifs" so far). I suppose,
> it's one of my pet peeves.
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