Seriously, When Did ‘Based On’ Turn Into ‘Based Off Of’?

From our Syn Tax on Bad Grammar desk

Well the hardworking staff was blithely perusing the relentless Brian Stelter’s CNN Reliable Sources newsletter let night when we came across this:

Really? Based off of?

The hardwincing staff has endured this example of American linguistic carnage too long!

Plug “based off of” into the Googletron and you get over 17 million search results, among them this admirable dissent from GrammarBook.com.

Once again we say: There should be a Syn Tax – a monetary fine – for every grammatical error in America. Google can be the referee.

Rest assured, splendid readers, we would wipe out the national debt in a matter of months. And that’s just from tracking our pre-verbal president. (See his Associated Press interview this week for details.)

Imagine the possibilities in the Halls of Congress.

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