June 30, 2008

The cure-all preposition

Most copies that land on the news desk these days have a cure-all, as, probably, unanimously agreed on among the writers, preposition in almost all the cases but for where it is required. Some of the select constructed collocations are 'to participate at a rally,' 'to join at a discussion,' to discuss at something,' 'to contest at polls,' 'to intervene at the process,' 'to start at Monday,' and the latest of them all, 'bleeding at someone' (to mean of, of course).

In almost all the instances of meeting, 'from' as in 'they made the decision from a meeting' is all to come by, but for 'at,' which is the norm.