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PREPOSITION PROPOSITION

20 January, 2012

The story goes that a plumber had been called to a university to fix a shower in the university’s gymnasium and was having difficulty locating the building.  He stopped a professor walking across the quad and asked:  “Excuse me, but can you tell me where the gym is at?”

The professor, a lip curled in contempt, said “My dear young man, you should know better than to end a sentence with a preposition.”

The plumber replied “Okay — can you tell me where the gym is at, ***hole?”

I realize “Where you at” is popular, but what the heck is wrong with “Where are you”?

“Where you at” is not only a sheep factor, it diminishes the perceived intelligence of those who use the phrase.

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