Monday, July 24, 2017

Some prepositions

From a Sunday interview with Jake Tapper on CNN. Anthony Scaramucci, White House communications director, is apologizing to Donald Trump for criticizing him during last year’s Republican primaries:

“Mr. Trump, Mr. President, I apologize for that. Can we move on off of that? I know you and I have moved on off of that. Jake hasn’t moved on off of that, obviously.”
Move on off of is a weirdly prolix way to put it — and to put it three times. My guess is that off of takes the place of from: Can we move on from that? But beyond or past could take the place of all three prepositions.

And now it is time to move on off of this post.

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