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far be it for me

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  • Don't worry; I won't make you eat them too. :-)

    July 29, 2008

  • *haves them*

    July 26, 2008

  • Far be it from me to post on this page, but I just want to make this clear: My cupcakes are not anaemic-faery-coloured ones! *hurls a few in bilby's direction*

    *with affection, of course*

    Now, you'll all excuse me, please. I have 5,074,337 comments to catch up on.

    July 25, 2008

  • I started reading this thread with intent of posting my own opinion at the end. But I have read from and for so many times by now that I'm uncertain which sounds right. I suspect I use far be it for me but I believe far be it from me makes more sense.

    July 25, 2008

  • I've never heard far be it from me, which to/from/for me makes little sense. That said, far be it for me strikes me as belonging to a particular genre of expression, an obfuscating glug of weaselspeak, that does not appeal to me stylistically. I don't use it.

    July 25, 2008

  • Well, I choose a somewhat roundabout way to find out who tagged what – first, I go to the address bar, and then start to tinker around a bit, like this: http://wordie.org/tags/madeupical?u=mialuthien, where I replace my name with someone else's name instead – "sionnach", "gangerh", etc. But, of course, the way Skipvia described it is the most energy-saving one. Why do I always choose to complicate things? *rolls eyes at own stupidity*

    July 25, 2008

  • For be it.

    From me.

    July 25, 2008

  • For be it for me.

    July 25, 2008

  • You can get a fairly good idea of who tagged what by going to their profile and clicking on their Tags. If "ridiculous" has been used two times total and two times by sionnach then it's pretty obvious who done it...

    July 25, 2008

  • At least lively debates are somewhat quicker than deadly debates, MiaLuthien.

    July 25, 2008

  • Yes. How do you know it was I tagged basonym as ridiculous?

    (Not denying it, cuz I did, but how do you figure out the originator of a given tag?)

    July 25, 2008

  • Wait -- you can find out WHO tags???

    July 25, 2008

  • I'm down with the "senseless corruption and abomination" thang, there, sionnach. Word.

    July 25, 2008

  • Well, I learnt a *lot* form the lively and opinionated debate on the data usage; however, the things that have stuck with me are not the proper use of the word in question, but things like bellowing grammarian frumpmudgeon and anaemic-faery-coloured cupcakes *smirks*

    July 25, 2008

  • No, no, not at all. This conversation is about vital stuff. Stuff I could happily argue about for weeks.

    I put the 'ridiculous' tag on the basonym conversation because I didn't know what exactly a basonym was and people seemed far more interested in the google ranking than in the correct use of the word. Which seemed, if not ridiculous, at least silly to me.

    (For an example of how much I relish a vigorous discussion, see data)

    July 25, 2008

  • If you keep bickering, Sionnach will come along and slap a "ridiculous" tag on this whole conversation! It happened to basonym (proof) *g*

    July 25, 2008

  • For me, we're just going to and from.

    July 25, 2008

  • 'From' wouldn't be for me.

    July 25, 2008

  • Far be it from me to list far be it from me.

    July 25, 2008

  • Nobody is listing far be it from me. Why don't you?

    July 25, 2008

  • I often argue the case for civilised discussion, fettered_bear.

    July 25, 2008

  • I'm a "from"-er, but I can see why "for" has currency. The idea is that to do this thing would be a long reach for me - far away from what I'd usually do. I.e. "it's far (from the norm) for me to do this..."

    July 25, 2008

  • Yes. But the thin veneer of civilization can be stripped away at the drop of a hat. For instance, if I were to let my true feelings be known that "far be it for me" is a senseless corruption and an abomination. (The preposition needs to make sense in the context of the phrase, and 'far ... for' doesn't work).

    July 25, 2008

  • Well, it looks like Mia and gangerh have something in common. Who else is for "for?"

    Note: This could be a handy way to pick teams for pick-up baseball/basketball, etc. games at wordie! The "fors" vs the "froms." Could be a lot less embarassing than shirts and skins, I'm thinking. (for me, anyway...)

    July 25, 2008

  • I don't think anyone's arguing, gangerh. It looks quite like a civilized discussion to me.

    July 25, 2008

  • It's not for me (!) to question, but why are we arguing about two different phrases that both have validity? The one listed here has useage. Mia', tell the dissenters to put their own word up and argue over there. My life experience is with your version. First I've heard of theirs but I'd be happy not to start using it. Far be we from the Verbal Arms? For the Arms, anyone?

    July 25, 2008

  • from, not for.

    July 25, 2008

  • Well, it looks like far be it from me wins by popular vote, then :)

    July 25, 2008

  • Well, don't take my opinion as gospel, for god's sake. I make lists about poo and balls!

    But yeah, I have to say I've never seen it spelled this way, only "...from me." FWIW.

    July 25, 2008

  • It's far be it from me for me as well! Think of it as wanting to be 'far from' what you are about to criticize.

    July 25, 2008

  • Well, "from me" trumps "for me" by 3 g-hits to 1.

    July 25, 2008

  • So, you're saying that far be it from me is the more correct form of this expression? *is on the verge of burning her worthless dictionary* *looks expectantly at Chained_Bear*

    July 25, 2008

  • I think it is far be it from me. Actually I hate when it's misspoken like this. *is sad*

    It's spawned its own term among the re-enactor community: farby. Farby, or farb, is used as an adjective: "We don't do events with them. They're a farby unit," or "John, what are you doing with that farb hat?!" It comes from "Far be it from me to criticize your _____" (e.g. uniform, drill, manual of arms, etc.) "but..." Then they go on to criticize.

    July 25, 2008

  • I thought it was far be it from me. I guess this is an understandable variant.

    July 25, 2008

  • = this is something I would never do (usually said ironically)

    July 25, 2008