Nik and I have this on-going debate – as a matter of fact, it seems to be me against the entire East Coast. So I’m attempting a little bit of a poll to see if I am actually crazy or if we’ve come upon a true East Coast/West Coast difference.
Please carefully read the following two sentences:
A. I just dropped my glass of milk by accident.
B. I just dropped my glass of milk on accident.
The East Coasters all choose A and say that there’s no way anyone would ever choose B. I think it’s B. So, family and friends, what do you think?
BTW, this came up in my high intermediate class the other day and so I explained it to my class. They all looked at me as if I’d grown another head when I said that I thought it should be “on accident”. Clearly, even the East Coast English language learners think it’s “by”! Have I just been wrong my whole life? But I can’t be wrong – I’m a native speaker of English!
Please cast your vote today! (And if you come from a two person Xanga account – please add your name to the comment so we know who is actually voting.) I’m hoping for a large Alaskan voting
contingent and am also particularly interested in the South Dakotan’s
vote (as that will give us more of the Center’s opinion as well). I suppose Nik would also be happy if there are any East Coast readers out there who would like to vote as well. He would be pleased to get even more validation!