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Joined: August 4, 2007
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I'm 57 and from the midwest. I've always said "by accident" and hadn't heard "on accident" until my oldest son, now 38, began using it in his early teens. I would correct him to no avail. He still uses it, even though his two younger brothers do not and never did. He is highly intelligent, well educated, with an unusual gift for learning languages, but this phrase still persists. I assumed it was just something he learned from his friends when in school, but if it is also used in Calif., TX, etc., then who knows? Maybe something that started on TV in a show, or shows, mostly watched by young people in the 80s, which they used with each other and which has now passed to their children.
August 4, 2007, 8:16pm
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