Tuesday, January 19, 2016


It happened AGAIN to me:  the awkward moment when a person repeats a word or phrase to let me know that he/she thinks that I have misused or mispronounced a word.  Some of the ones which I have personal experience of people doing this:  my use of:  peridot,  chamomile, clematis, deign, demonstrable, banal, and then BETWEEN YOU AND ME.

I actually had someone TRY to correct my saying "between you and me" by asking:  "Shouldn't you say between you AND I?"  I answered, "Perhaps you do not realize that the use of a preposition--between-- requires that one use the objective case which requires using me rather than I."

On Book Notes I saw Mary Norris, the author of the book Between You And Me:  Confessions Of A Comma Queen.  Although Norris describes her job as "a page OK'er", she is a copy editor and proofreader extraordinaire at The New Yorker, a periodical renowned for its high standards of accuracy, fact-checking, and grammatical correctness.  Others have described her as the "prose goddess" and "comma queen".
She is very humorous with the serious subject.  She wrote:  "My fondest hope is that just looking at the title you will learn to say fearlessly 'between you and me' (not 'I'), whether or not you actually buy the book and penetrate the innards of the objective case."  Oh, yes, I DO penetrate the innards, Mary!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard your screaming lately about HAVE WENT! ML