Easy Fix: Off Of

Did you look at that title and think it looks odd?

All those O’s and F’s …

Well, it looks odd for a reason.

Even though more people have started to add “of” after “off” in a conversation, it’s completely unnecessary – and wrong. Here are a few examples:

Get off of the fence.

Take the exit off of the highway.

The vase of flowers fell off of the counter.

Granted, it’s so widespread that the English language will probably accept that extra “of” eventually. But in the meantime, why use it if it clutters up your writing and you don’t need it?

Clear that “of” next to “off” out of your writing and your conversation. Your writing will be clearer and you’ll sound like you know what you’re talking about.