“On accident”

For some reason, since September 2004 people have suddenly started using `on accident’ rather than `by accident’ – what the hell happened in September 2004?

According to Wikipedia in September’14 the only two noteworthy accidents were:

“UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir seriously injured in motorcycle accident”

and

“A train crash in Sweden kills two and injures 30. The accident happened when a passenger train collided with a lorry on a railway crossing in Kristianstad. (BBC)

Neither of which seem to be particularly language-defining… So, after a bit of digging, I found this paper which shows that seemingly unanimously, a whole age group divided on the matter, creating the `on accident’ generation, who, in turn show up in writing online in the latter months of 2004.

Very, very weird.

 

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