Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, interviewed on the PBS Newshour
(September 6, 2011, How Should U.S. Postal Service's Financial Problems Be Fixed?
), emphasis added:
- Fred is exactly right around the issues that we have faced in the last few years.
- And we have also got some proposals around retirements going forward.
I first noticed this ugly locution (the preposition "around" preceding an abstract noun) in the corporate world approximately four years ago. Managers infected each other with this tic of speech like a bad cold, until all were repeating it. It makes me wince every time I hear it.
Other linguistic peeves: "boots on the ground," "24/7."