Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Bored with

Shame! The Globe should know better than this. In the travel section today, we read:

For people bored of playing war on their video-game systems, the "Seal Team Six" package comes with a semi-automatic rifle so advanced that it can only be named with a series of letters and numbers - the MR556A1....

True, there is no rhyme or reason behind which preposition goes with a particular verb. Thus one may be "tired of", "exhausted from", "fed up with", addicted to", "intrigued by" playing video games. These are idioms we native speakers just know, or should know, and others have to learn, one expression at a time. And, of course, one is bored with something.

Don't they proofread each other's work at the Globe and Mail?

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