I was listening to John Barrowman’s album in Hayley’s car yesterday on the way home from work. That’s a strange enough sentence to begin a blog post by itself, but that’s a story for another day, perhaps. Track 2 on the album is a cover of Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. I’ve heard many different versions of this song by a variety of different artists, but I always seem to enjoy listening to it. The one thing really annoys me about the lyrics is something that not all artists do (thanks Muse), but most of them do. This is what I’m talking about:
You’re just too good to be true,
Can’t take my eyes off of you
I absolutely hate the pairing of the words ‘off’ and ‘of’ like that. In this case the title doesn’t even match the line that’s in the song!
99% of the time the word ‘of’ can be omitted or both words can be replaced with the word ‘from’ which is shorter to say and has the added advantage of not making the speaker sound like a 5 year old who hasn’t quite learned to speak English properly.