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Avoiding “On Accident” and Why

Avoiding “On Accident” and Why

Many people have heard “on accident” their whole lives. It may even sound wrong to say “by accident”!

While “on accident” is more common among people under the age of thirty-five (people under the age of ten use “on accident” almost exclusively), it’s not yet considered standard. If you are in a formal environment, we highly recommend opting for “accidentally” or “by accident” to avoid possibly making a bad impression.

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