Another in my occasional series of slightly grumpy exclamations of bafflement at the way the English language changes Before My Very Eyes. Last time out the culprit was: This! Now the phrase that has accumulated sufficient irk points is: excited for.
When did it happen that we started being excited for things? Hasn’t it always been that you are excited FOR a PERSON (ie on their behalf)?
“I’m excited for Jenny. She starts her new job tomorrow.”
“I’m excited for Neil. He just heard that a third of the stock of the hardcover edition of The Moon King has pre-sold.***”
And wasn’t it always that you were excited ABOUT a THING?
“I’m excited about Jenny’s wage rise.”
“I’m excited about Neil’s book.”
So, when did we suddenly start using:
“I’m excited for Jenny’s payrise.”
“SQUEEE! I’m SO excited for The Moon King?”
C’mon people, stop changing shit when I’m not looking. Leave our prepositions alone.
***Shameless, I know, even if true. But get used to it, guys. And I’m not going always going to be this subtle either.