Are you bored of me? You shouldn’t be. You can be tired of me but you can’t be bored of me. You can be bored with me. I can also bore you to tears or bore you out of your mind, and it’s quite possible, but things are changing:

“usage: The traditional constructions for bored are bored by or bored with. The construction bored of emerged more recently, and is extremely common, especially in informal language. Although it is perfectly logical by analogy with constructions such as tired of, it is not fully accepted in standard English.” (Online Dictionary) WELL, I DON’T FULLY ACCEPT IT AT ALL.

Here’s another one I don’t like: “It’s not that big of a deal.” Where did of a come in? “It’s not that big a deal” is just fine. And then there’s “the both of you”. What’s wrong with “both of you”?

I give up on Dangling Modifiers but being a stickler for good grammar I am still annoyed by them. A lot.

I used to think young people would grow out of using like in every sentence, before every verb, before quoting someone or simply intending to add suspense (?). But they didn’t outgrow it. Young and not-so-young adults still use it unnecessarily, extravagantly and annoyingly. I want to ask them if they write like that, but of course (like) no one (like) writes these days.

Here’s a nice one for you. You all know what a hashtag is: # . Well !!

The earlier name for hashtag is octotherp, referring to the eight free ends of the symbol’s four stroke,

OR—it might be octothorp, which might come from someone who tried to get (the Olympian) Jim Thorpe’s medals returned from Sweden ,

OR—”arising from the use of the symbol in cartography to represent a village”. (IT TAKESA A VILLAGE??) (thorp is an 18th-century Old English or Old Norse word for village.) (Times Literary Supplement)