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This semester I've noticed that every single student writes that X is based "off of" Y (where I would have expected them to write that X is based on Y). For example, if I were to line up a group of people in order of height, I would say that a person's position in the line is based on their height; but I think the students would all write that a person's position in the line is based off of their height.

I'm wondering what this is. A regionalism? A dialect? Ignorance? A generational change in language? Something else?

Previously, I had noted a few examples of it. It seemed more common in written work, but I've heard them say it too. Now, about 100% of the papers that I get use this locution.

I find it puzzling.

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