As yet, as of yet

The common phrases as yet and as of yet are wordy for yet or still (or so far, which often works as a shorter alternative to as of yet). Using one of these phrases is not an error, but they are verbose.


In these examples, as yet and as of yet could be replaced with yet or so far:

Not a lot of info about the theme of the video has been released as of yet but sources tell me it has echoes of JAY-Z’s 99 Problems. [The Sun]

As of yet, there’s no word when the series will be back. [Toronto Sun]

Zuffa has also announced its intentions to bring the UFC back to Japan in 2011, but has made no firm commitment as of yet. [Los Angeles Times]

In these, as yet and as of yet could be replaced with still:

[T]hey could always sell the land at a profit or flog as-yet-unbuilt flats to eager buyers on the back of blueprints alone. [The Economist]

News that he would hold on in an as-of-yet unclear role isn’t likely to ease worries significantly. [Wall Street Journal]

Readers will be asked to pay for the site once they have accessed an as yet unspecified number of articles a month. [The Guardian]

And in these examples, so far would be shorter and perhaps more logical than as of yet:

To me, Tiger seems like the US economy: a victim of excess unable—as of yet—to pick himself up off the mat. [Forbes]

As of yet, no actors are attached to this tuned-up version of “The Bodyguard”. [CNN]

12 thoughts on “As yet, as of yet”

  1. Hearing people say as of yet always makes me cringe. It sounds like an attempt to sound intelligent, while actually coming across as insecure and unsure of what they are saying. Please, please use yet or so far instead!

    • As with most advanced vocab and verbose phrases, it depends on the context and how well the user integrates the phrase into their writing/speaking. If “as of yet” flows well or perhaps better than “so far” then I don’t see any reason to avoid using it. On the other hand, if it’s being used solely for the purposes of trying to sound more sophisticated then it shouldn’t be used.

    • Have you ever considered that people may be using the phrase “as of yet” very unconsciously and naturally as part of their common vocabulary and perhaps the problem lays with your own comparatively lower intelligence? Further, you recommend not using “as of yet” for a more simpler phrase, does that mean the human population should dumb down to a level you consider appropriate? If this is the case what if there’s another demand from someone else whose vocabulary is worse than yours? We’d be in a spiral of decline. On that note I don’t think your comment nor request are reasonable.

  2. I’m late to the party, but gosh… First, most of the individuals I’ve noticed using this are in the media, TV, radio. The first point alone should make any sane person think twice about the validity of using (or misusing) language in this way. I suspect that the popularity of the phrase in recent years is due to the increase in usage by the media and the public’s exposure to it.

    Secondly, the purpose of language (and the standards that accompany it) is to facilitate communication. This second point really grinds my gears, Why would anybody want to use more than one word when a single word encapsulates the entirety of the meaning? The extra verbiage is the verbal equivalent of unnecessary punctuation. If a person is using this phrase “unconsciously and naturally as part of their common vocabulary” I would posit that they give little conscious thought to their use of words generally and this phrase specifically.

    As of Tuesday, as of the time of this posting, as of now I yet find the phrase “as of yet” inane. You see how “as of” works for all those previous statements. “as of” with the subject yet just looks weak at best, whereas none of the previous phrases could stand without it and retain their meaning.

    And attacking someone’s vocabulary, honestly? I have a vocabulary that far exceeds, well, just about everyone’s. I realized long ago that I’m speaking to people, not dictionaries and if I want to be comprehended by an individual I’m having a casual conversation with there just have to be limits. I find it far more convenient to be easily and unequivocally understood than to run roughshod over people linguistically. It has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with common courtesy.


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