based off = 'as a result of; by reason of; from'

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 18 01:04:33 UTC 2014

I wasn't criticizing, or proposing to stop change.


On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>
Yeah, Mark, but who cares?  Inglish cannot be stopped.

And this seems to be a somewhat different sense of "based off" than has
been discussed.


On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:

> This one comes up every couple of years. Check the archives for "based
> off" to find discussions from 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2013.
> On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
>> Could be from "on the basis of" (which would sound quite proper),
>> misread/heard/remembered.
>> On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM,
>> Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at wrote:
>>> More Yahoo! news:
>>> "Hawking earned his scientific reputation back in the 1970's based off
>>> theory of black holes as cosmic vacuums."
>>> Of course, "based on" might have been used instead, and it would have
>>> sounded nearly as ignorant.
>>> To some of us.

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