[Ads-l] on accident

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 17 16:25:44 UTC 2016

Neal Whitman discussed this topic in post at his website Literal-Minded:

[Begin excerpt]
Grammar Girl summarizes the findings of Leslie Barratt of Indiana
State University . . .

  speakers born before about 1970 hardly use on accident at all;

  speakers born between 1970 and 1995 use on accident and by accident
(sometimes even an individual speaker will use both);

  speakers born after 1995 use on accident to the near exclusion of by accident.
[End excerpt]

On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Typed sign under doorknob in doctor's office:
> "Be careful of doorknob button. Please do not lock door on accident."
> Clearly infl. by "on purpose."
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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