Excited for vs. about
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Something that I am "excited for" wouldn't be something that excited me directly, but that was itself excited "about" or "by" something else.
Similarly, if I felt bad for someone, they didn't make me feel bad, but something bad happened to them. If something bad happened to me, I would feel bad about it. I could be disappointed for a friend who didn't get a job, but I would be disappointed about not getting the job myself.
Yet another example of preposition abuse. I suspect such ignorance stems from the decreasing use of the (professionally) written word for information gathering. People probably don't read as much, but most people seem to write, whether they're properly educated or not, and most people jumble collections of words into 'stream-of-semi-consciousness', like, sentences, know what I mean, innit, like.
Edited to correct for LT's hi-jacking use of brackets.
>11 dkathman:: My mom has a master's degree in linguistics and this drives her nuts. I don't know what the official grammarian's verdict is, but I think what bothers us is how ridiculous the user seems when you literally interpret "excited for"... I just know the Superbowl is going to have a great time here in Jersey, I'm really excited for it.
Michigan resident here, to whom being "excited for" a given event sounds perfectly normal. In fact, it took me a moment to understand what distinction was being made and why.
After thinking about it, I could see the reasoning. Really though, even with a handful of college English courses, I didn't see it as "wrong", nor can remember being taught so.