Odd Language #222: Taking Advantage Of X

There it is: “taking advantage of X”. It looks so innocent. Maybe, it is, but maybe it is heinous, evil, .

The issue: Context, context, context. Use this handy scoring guide:

“take advantage of a opportunity”: good.
“take advantage of a person”: bad.
“take advantage of a woman”: really bad.

Hey, manager! If you take advantage of Ms. Smith’s availability to work late a couple hours on Wednesday on the Gregg proposal, well and good. If you take advantage of Ms. Smith to get a couple more hours of work done on the Gregg proposal – the same work as in the first example – you are vile and evil. Go figure.