Tuesday, July 05, 2005


I’m jarred (although I suppose I no longer should be) when people who ought to know better improperly use the pronoun “I.” As in, “He gave it to my wife and I.” Our school superintendent does this. My kids’ kindergarten teacher uses this construction as well.

Some supposedly educated people apparently feel as though they should never use the word “me.” If you can’t be bothered to remember the distinction between subjects and objects, use the easy rule I learned from my mom: test it without the other person in the sentence. Would you say, “He gave it to I”? Of course not.

And don’t even get me started on “it’s.” And “myself.”