Vague ramblings

On what basis?

Posted in Musing by Ian Cundell on 5 October, 2006

I grumble about things in a regular basis. In fact, on a daily basis.

No, I don’t. I think the “on an [insert word] basis” construction is the single most pervasive example of rubbish English. It is heard daily on broadcast media and written regularly in print media.

Tip: it doesn’t make you sound sophisticated, it makes you sound like you are padding.

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  1. TF said, on 11 October, 2006 at 10:40 am

    And the more padding there is, the less certain the meaning becomes. “Every day” is far more definate than “on a daily basis”.


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