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Do you say "by accident" or "on accident"?



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27by accident
7both
2on accident
2neither
0other


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llamamama
posted 8-Dec-2010 9:44am  
I mostly say "oops"
But I know I've said them both before.
Now that I keep saying them though, they sound really weird. "On accident...by accident.."
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 8-Dec-2010 10:12am  
Apparently, this tends to be age-related. Younger people say "on accident", older (35+) say "by accident".

see/hear: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/on-accident-v...
Lysannus
posted 8-Dec-2010 10:24am  
Whenever I use the phrase its by accident.
emogirl
posted 8-Dec-2010 10:38am  
on accident
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 8-Dec-2010 10:39am  
By accident.
Galomorro
posted 8-Dec-2010 11:11am  
"By." Never heard anyone say "on accident."
LindaH
(reply to bill) posted 8-Dec-2010 11:18am  
I'm over 35, and I say "on accident". I saw your link, and I think the parallelism sounds like a reasonable theory. On purpose, on accident.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 8-Dec-2010 12:04pm  
By accident.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to LindaH) posted 8-Dec-2010 12:24pm  
When someone says "by accident" does it sounds wrong to you? I say "by accident" and "on accident" sounds wrong to me. Though, the meaning is clear.
To me, "on accident" sounds like something a child would say... which is interesting given the possible age correlation.
Though, who knows if the age thing is right at all. You're at least one exception to that.

I have to assume mostly people just say it the way they hear it. So, usage may be regional or within families.

It's cool that we may be seeing language change in our generation. If what the article says is true, I'm a dying breed.

Still, I don't think I've ever seen "on accident" used in a book...
LindaH
(reply to bill) posted 8-Dec-2010 12:57pm  
"By accident" looks normal to me. When I hear people say it, it sounds a little bit different, but not to a stand-out degree.
LindaH
posted 8-Dec-2010 12:59pm  
Speaking of wording, I am curious about the phrase "got caught out". I never heard anyone say it all through my life until recently, and I heard people my own age use it. We always said "got caught."

What region and demographic uses "got caught out"?
cloudhugger
posted 8-Dec-2010 2:19pm  
by
Mostly I say 'accidentally'.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to LindaH) posted 8-Dec-2010 3:29pm  
"Got caught out" is all I've heard in the UK.
cerealkiller
posted 8-Dec-2010 5:11pm  
"On accident" is redneck speak.
Crayons
posted 8-Dec-2010 7:30pm  
I think I say "it was an accident"
judgescratch
posted 8-Dec-2010 7:32pm  
of course "by"
llamamama
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 8-Dec-2010 9:54pm  
naaahh
LJD
posted 9-Dec-2010 1:07am  
Depends
ASB
posted 10-Dec-2010 1:19am  
I say accidentally.
gambler
posted 11-Dec-2010 7:14pm  
by
Gomezy3k
posted 12-Dec-2010 10:42am  
By of course...
CarlHalling
posted 16-Dec-2010 6:13pm  
I say by accident; I've never heard it said otherwise,
autumnlight
posted 17-Dec-2010 7:31pm  
By accident. Does on accident even make sense? I've never heard that before...
Iseult
posted 20-Dec-2010 8:14pm  
by accident

Latter sounds very fresh.
JessicaWoman99
posted 14-Oct-2014 11:07pm  
Both
JessicaWoman99
posted 14-Oct-2014 11:08pm  
Oh no
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