Post by Chris J Dixon Post by Sid Nuncius Post by Chris J Dixon
But you and me know better!
She was just giving a feedline to you and I.
It amazes me how consistently people get this wrong, to the point
that I reckon we are past the moment when it will be done
correctly most of the time.
Even when reading off an autocue, presenters use the wrong word.
Doesn't anybody understand anymore?
No, they don't. People seem to think that "I" is the more refined or
posher form of "me", to be used whenever there is a first person pronoun
used with "and <second or third person pronoun>, no matter what the case.
It's so widespread now that even an excellent book I've just read,
from a reputable publisher, has the narrative voice of an exceptionally
talented and well-read English graduate saying things like "to him and
I" throughout. And almost the only thing I remember about What She Left
(which was pretty bad) is a pedantic English academic "correcting"
"That stuff they've written about Alice and me, it's pure fantasy."
"Alice and I," I said. "It's Alice and I."
NO IT BOODLY ISN'T! What's so effing difficult about realising that
you'd never say "about I," and that the presence of the other person
doesn't make any difference?
Er...sorry. Matron will be along soon with the green ones.
Anyway, I agree that the battle is all but lost.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. Published in January and
highly recommended (odd bits of dodgy syntax notwithstanding). Review
here if anyone's interested:
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)