RANT OF THE MONTH:
USING "DUE TO" INSTEAD OF "BECAUSE OF"
Consider this sentence: "The football game was postponed due to severe weather." The phrase "due to" is used to mean "because of." But is that the correct usage of "due to"?
The answer is "no." According to Bryan Garner in his Modern American Usage (3rd edition, 2009), "due to" when used to mean "because of" or "owing to" is a Stage 4 error. While not fatal to proper English, it's a bad habit, analogous to putting your elbows on the table at a formal dinner party. Garner cites authorities advising that "due to" is a "graceless phrase, even if used correctly - it should be avoided altogether."
If you want to use "due to" correctly, use it to mean "attributable to" as in this example: "Notre Dame's successful football season is likely due to the luck of the Irish."