Friday, April 01, 2005

some words about grammar

I want to talk about pronouns.

Pronoun usage in daily conversation has gone straight down the crapper. And I mean it. I'm no grammarian myself, but I know when to say 'so-and-so and I' or 'so-and-so and me'. This is only partially because of grade school teachers. Mostly it is because of my mother, who actually is a grammarian.

Since when has the usage of 'so-and-so and I' in place of the proper 'so-and-so and me' become so socially, conversationally acceptable? It's deplorable. Some people may not care, but it makes my skin crawl. I physically shudder and sometimes condescendingly roll my eyes and shake my head if I temporarily forget myself in public.

Par exemple:
Hugo gave the tickets to Penelope and I. Wrong! Hugo gave the tickets to Penelope and ME. (It is also correct to say Penelope and I got the tickets.)

This will be a fun weekend for Sylvester and I. Wrong again. This will be a fun weekend for Sylvester and ME. (It is also correct to say Sylvester and I will have a fun weekend.)

Please people, let's get it right! Stop embarrassing yourselves. You are smarter than this.

(Just in case you don't believe me or think I need to re-take the third grade, here is a website to help you hone your pronoun-creating skills.)

10 comments:

Matt said...

LOL

Ryan said...

"Me fail English? That's unpossible!"

Anonymous said...

Can we also stop butchering the language by using such terms as "ATM machine", "PIN number", "anyways", "Irregardless", "Libary" and "What not"? For the love of all that is holy, can we stop this madness?! Mike

Julia said...

Just to be annoying ;-) Moist.

Anonymous said...

Moist Moist Moist! Julia, you crack me up! Mike

battlemaiden said...

I have some bad news for you. I have been desensitized. A few months ago Ryan and I were at Shamrock Jack's with Ben and Susan. Once Ryan let it slip about my discomfort with those certain words, Ben would NOT let it go. The word "panties" also does not bother me anymore.

Matt said...

Ah ha! But what about moist panties? I would find that rather uncomfortable.

Ryan said...

Oh come on, Matt... what self-respecting man would feel uncomfortable about moist panties?

Julia said...

Well.. I imagine it might get uncomfortable if it were the guy wearing the moist panties! Ewww.

battlemaiden said...

You guys amuse me. This is why we are friends.