"By accident" or "on accident"?
When did people start using the phrase "on accident"? Does this annoy anyone else? In this case the "by" is synonymous with "via" or "because of" as in "he died by drowning." One would never say "he died on drowning" or "he died on asphyxiation"
- Anonymous5 months ago
Children sometimes say "on accident" by analogy with "on purpose." Very clever of them to extrapolate, but it's incorrect.
- BenLv 65 months ago
I would guess the first.
- bluebellbkkLv 75 months ago
Of course the standard expression is 'by accident'.
I don't think I've heard or seen 'on accident' but other, similar mistakes are commonly made either by speakers of other languages, or by native speakers momentarily getting confused with a similar phrase and using the wrong preposition without realising it.
- PyrusLv 65 months ago
"By accident". "On accident" is wrong grammar. If anything, you could say "On occasion", but never "On accident". Come to think of it, I've never heard anyone use this term like this (incorrectly) before.
- What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
- A Yahoo UserLv 75 months ago
"on accident" is incorrect grammar, slang.
I don't know where or how it started. I don't believe it is exclusive to any particular group. I've heard it in many places in the U.S. from many different types of people.
- BobLv 45 months ago
Who says "on accident??" If you find them, send them my way for a stern talking to.
- conley39Lv 75 months ago
By accident is correct.
- LônLv 75 months ago
By accident is the correct one...I've never heard the term 'on accident'....EVER!