On accident

It’s amazing to me how quickly natural language evolves. You can often spot changes that happened in your own lifetime.

When I was a kid, something either happened on purpose or else by accident. But now I see that things have changed.

Many people younger than me — adults — now say that something has either happened on purpose or on accident. The new way of saying it makes logical sense, but it’s still a little startling to realize that the version of English that I grew up with is already slightly out of date.

I wonder how many other changes there have been, even in my own lifetime, to our evolving language.

One thought on “On accident”

  1. John McWhorter’s “Words On the Move”, 2016, is a fun book on this subject.

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