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Good to See You on Yesterday

After moving to Missouri, I came across people using “on yesterday” when they simply meant “yesterday.” Not most people, but many. Perhaps a regional peculiarity, I thought, but it jarred whenever I heard it. Then I saw it in a mainstream publication. In an AP article in Saturday’s paper I read:

Jones did not immediately return calls from the Associated Press on yesterday.

This could have been, of course, the handwriting of the local editor, but thanks to Google I was able find the construction in several other, geographically diverse sources as well: here, here, and here. This is a small sample, but I am beginning to wonder if “on yesterday” is AP house style?

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