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A Black Fly in Your Chardoney

I have spent some time with Alanis - I think as a nod to nostalgia, brought on by that looming reunion. It really bothers me when people misuse words and screw up their grammar (which I will admit I am not perfect at, but it is still a pet peeve of mine). So, I have decided that - after the incorrect use of its and it's, your and you're - I would have to say my second-place distaste goes out to those who mistakenly use irony as an unfortunate coincidence. Which really leaves that black fly line hanging-out for a clearer definition, or I just don't get how it's ironic.

Unoriginal thought for the day: Ms. Morissette's song should be renamed "Unfortunate."


At 6/25/2005 1:08 AM, Blogger Franc-ess Left a note...

i don't understand why people get so upset about the song "ironic." sure, she used the word wrong, but that was 8 years ago or something. of course, lots of people still don't understand my anger with misused apostrophes. it's not that friggin' hard, people! not talking about you, m, just venting. i validate your feelings. :-)

At 6/30/2005 5:28 AM, Blogger Jen Left a note...

Those pesky apostrophes! franc-ess, you had me at hello.

Personally, I have a that/which issue. That's just the tip of the iceberg, though. I get paid to make it right, so my issues are many. ;)

At 6/30/2005 9:14 AM, Blogger Marla Bean Left a note...

Can one of you explain exactly when to use who and whom? I think I get it like 70% of the time on a guess.

At 6/30/2005 9:38 AM, Blogger Jen Left a note...

"To who, to whom, to you, that's whom!"

Michelle Pfeiffer's greatest quote from Grease 2...maybe ever.

It's an interrogative pronoun thing, and the answer lies in the response to the question you're asking at the time. The best way to remember it is: Him/her (object)=Whom, he/she (subject)=who.

For instance:
"For whom did Natalie buy a Kate Spade bag?"

"For her." (A response like this may involve pointing, though, which thoroughly ruins any attempt at polite, formal conversation.)

"Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?"

"He did."

Of course, both forms could be answered with proper names, in which case my formula is pretty useless. But you asked...

At 6/30/2005 11:24 AM, Blogger Marla Bean Left a note...

Ah! Now I am thoroughly and completely confused.

Just kidding!

Ok, I'm not. How did I ever get through college and magazine journalism? I guess that whole "Compromised the bible" proofing error makes more sense now.

At 6/30/2005 1:51 PM, Blogger Jen Left a note...

You got through because they rarely teach grammar in journalism classes. Trust me -- I took an awful lot of them, and then had to do some continuing ed. to be able to explain myself. "That's just wrong" is not a statement that encourages trust, apparently.


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