From Friends S02E14

ROSS: Monica, if you want, I can lend you some money.

MONICA: No no no, if I couldn't pay you back right away then I'd feel guilty and tense every time I saw you.

ROSS: Oh OK. Well then why don't you, uhh, why don't you borrow it from mom and dad? You feel guilty and tense around them already. You might as well make some money off of them.

CHANDLER: Ya know, the man's got a point.

I have two questions:

  1. For the sentence make some money off of them, why did it add a preposition of? It's weird to me. I'm more familiar with make some money off them, because off already has a meaning of "from someone", which don't need an extra word of to emphasize again.
  2. From the dictionary, I found that get a point means score a point, which is absolutely used in some competitions or quizzes. Is it a humorous way to say what the man said makes sense, or is it just a common expression to convey the agreement with someone?
  • ...I couldn't pay you back right away then I'd feel guilty and tense every time I saw you. -that's also my concern. Saw you?
    – Maulik V
    Mar 9, 2014 at 4:41
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    @MaulikV "saw" in "every time I saw you" is a use of the past-tense form to express the subjunctive mood.
    – Nico
    Mar 9, 2014 at 10:21

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Though the complex preposition of off of is widely used, one may argue that it's redundant.

Here is the Oxford Dictionaries' reference:

Off of is often used in place of the preposition off in contexts such as she picked it up off of the floor (compared with she picked it up off the floor ). Although off of is recorded from the 16th century (it was used by Shakespeare) and is logically parallel to the standard out of, it is regarded as incorrect in standard modern English.

Now, about the point

someone got a point - someone got an idea to think upon

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    Also pertinent, from Wikipedia: In AmE, the compound "off of" may be used where BrE almost always uses "off", and "off of" is considered slang. Compare AmE "He jumped off of the box" and BrE "He jumped off the box". More about this on ELU.
    – J.R.
    Mar 9, 2014 at 9:45

get a point means score a point – is it a humorous way to say what the man said makes sense?

Yes, it's a witty way to say "That makes sense." However, point in this case refers to Definition #12 in Collins:

point (n.) an essential element or thesis in an argument ⇒ you've made your point, I take your point

or Definition #1 in Macmillan:

point (n.) an idea or opinion among a number of others ⇒ I disagree with you on a couple of points.

So, perhaps a better way to paraphrase it would be:

You know, the man has a sound idea – his idea is defensible.

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    +1 You might point out, for the benefit of those who are learning British English, that has got is not a present perfect but an idiom equivalent to bare has. It originated in AmE usage, where the past participle is gotten rather than BrE got. Mar 9, 2014 at 12:19

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