He is the wrong side of 30

Guest   Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:44 pm GMT
Is there such an expression? Is it used?
Uriel   Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:29 pm GMT
Yes. It means he's OVER thirty (older being the "wrong" side of any age...).
Glikeria   Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:17 pm GMT
What I am used to is "to be on the right/ wrong side of some age.
Uriel   Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:07 pm GMT
True. You need ON.
Robin   Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:11 am GMT
I just can't resist splitting hairs.

"The wrong side of thirty" is perfectly acceptable grammatically even if it does betray an ageist attitude.

BBC NEWS | Business | Ageist attitudes 'cost UK £30bn'A million unemployed people over the age of 50 could be in jobs if the UK improved its attitude towards elderly workers, Age Concern says.