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.
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.
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*
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...
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)
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..."
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).
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...)
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?
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.