Yes, the title sentence of this blog ends in a preposition. I imagine some readers are wincing, but I grew up after this usage had become commonplace, so (to paraphrase Winston Churchill) ending a sentence in a preposition is a practice up with which I can comfortably put.
On the other hand, many changes that occurred after my grammatical circuits had been laid down don’t sit quite as well with me. Hate on you and love on you, for one. What was wrong with the ol’ hate you and love you? What did the addition of the preposition “on” accomplish?
At the other end of the prepositional spectrum, I’ve been noticing the expression “feel you” crop up with increasing frequency. I’m not talking about two people palpating each other in the dark. The expression I’m referring to (or to which I’m referring, to placate the old-timers) is in the process of replacing the old “feel for you.” As far as I can tell, the removal of the preposition doesn’t add anything to the sentiment. So why did it happen? It’s all very baffling.
And have you watched the word “fun” travel the rocky road from noun to adjective, as I have? When I was growing up, pleasurable activities were either a lot of fun or so much fun. Now they’re just “so fun.” The pairing doesn’t sound right to my ears, no matter how often I hear the younger generation (and increasingly, the older one) use it.
For some reason, the recently minted adjective “chill” doesn’t bother me as much, perhaps because I don’t think it owes its existence to grammatical sloppiness. Being chill is also a state I aspire to, though I’m more or less resigned to never achieving it in this lifetime, neurotic creature that I am.
My son tells me the word swag also wears many grammatical hats. You can have swag, be swag, walk swag(ly), or just swag (as in, “He swags along with his pants down to his ankles.”). And the adjective snake, he informs me, means swag with an edge – another state of being beyond my reach.
How about you, gentle reader? Any changes you’ve observed over the years that don’t go down too smoothly with your coffee or aperitif?