Language lacking

I don’t want to be a language bore, but I can’t help noticing that English prepositions seem to be undergoing a bit of a sea-change.

“Bored of” instead of “with”, and “on the weekend” rather than “at”, seem to have established themselves, at least with the younger generation, and in today’s Scotsman (9 March) I note that Police Scotland have warned people to be “vigilant of persistent and heavy rainfall”, while the Kennel Club, with reference to the dog that was poisoned at Cruft’s, have said “Whilst we are unclear of exactly what happened” (my italics).

Maybe it’s just because I’m in my seventh decade, and resistant to change, but both these latter usages strike me as plain wrong.

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Harry D Watson

Braehead Grove