“Oftentimes” is not a real word
By Jeffrey the Barak
I watch TV and listen to the radio. In recent years I have noticed a word being heavily used by many people, from the uneducated to intellectuals. The first time I heard it my reaction was, “hey, that’s not a real word”, but after hearing it hundreds of times I have to concede it has to exist, simply because everyone is saying it.
The word is “oftentimes”, and I strongly dislike this word.
As far as the rules of grammar are concerned, “oftentimes” should not be a word, because often is an adverb and times is a noun, and you are not supposed to modify a noun with an adverb.
An example of a more correct word would be sometimes. Some is an adjective, and it is okay to modify a noun with an adjective.
So I continue to declare “hey, that’s not a real word” at my TV each time someone says “oftentimes” but part of me knows it is a losing battle. The English language is not a fixed unchanging language, and whenever a word becomes commonly used, then it simply slips into existence.
I still strongly dislike it though. I wish people would instead say “quite often”.
Jeffrey the Barak has forgotten much of what he learned, but not everything, hence his dislike of this so-called word.