I hear people using of when I have always thought it was with in the circumstances explained above. It seems to be getting more common.

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    There is nothing grammatically unpleasant about fed up of and bored of to prevent their becoming common idiomatic phrases, however I don't think I've ever heard the former, and the later only rarely.
    – Cargill
    Nov 29, 2015 at 18:26
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    Is this possibly related to the merger of /v/ and /ð/ in some English dialects? Once these are merged, fed up with and fed up of sound nearly the same (/fɛdupwəv/ and /fɛdupəv/). Nov 29, 2015 at 18:29
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    fed up of sounds wrong to me. It’s definitely with in my book. Perhaps they sound the same in some dialects and that’s fine by me as long as I can hear with even if they say of. Otherwise I’ll file away their faux pas in the same place I file then for than and other trivial errors. bored is different and can take either with or of as well as by and possibly others as well.
    – Jim
    Nov 29, 2015 at 18:45
  • I started noticing bored of in the 1980's, and at first it struck me as a mistake. However, I soon heard it in quite wide use. The truth is that language changes, and if people start using a new form, then that becomes part of the language
    – Colin Fine
    Nov 29, 2015 at 19:05

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Oxford Dictionary says:

Do you ever get bored with eating out all the time?

Delegates were bored by the lectures.

He grew bored of his day job.

The first two constructions, bored with and bored by, are the standard ones. The third, bored of, is more recent than the other two and it’s become extremely common. In fact, the Oxford English Corpus contains almost twice as many instances of bored of than bored by. It represents a perfectly logical development of the language, and was probably formed on the pattern of expressions such as tired of or weary of. Nevertheless, some people dislike it and it’s not fully accepted in standard English. It’s best to avoid using it in formal writing.

So there's nothing wrong or unusual with bored of.


My personal favorite is "different than."

No, it's fed up with and bored with.

And, of course, have had enough of, tired of.

  • Very new to this interesting site so have managed to post question twice. Thank you for your reply, would like to know why it is so commonly misused.
    – Bopamamie
    Nov 30, 2015 at 1:13
  • @Bopamamie: It is commonly misused because we live in an epoch of aggressive anti-intellectualism, when the illiterates are conditioned to think that pointing things out to them is the same as judging them. Incidentally, if you like the answer, you might as well upvote it. There are two arrows to the left of the answer: the one pointing upward is for upvoting.
    – Ricky
    Nov 30, 2015 at 2:01
  • In fairness to the 'illiterates' why are we tired of but bored with?
    – Bopamamie
    Dec 1, 2015 at 20:34
  • @Bopamamie: For the same reason we are delighted by (or with). Language is a synthesis of auditory impressions and visual images: combinations need to sound good and form just the right kind of mental pictures. In music, the combination of the tonic and fifth sounds good, but try the tonic and second, and you'll get a dissonance. Why? That's how God made us.
    – Ricky
    Dec 1, 2015 at 21:07

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