(Do) You know bothers me? Grammar. And (don't start sentences with 'and') (do) you know why? Because (don't start sentences with 'because') I notice exactly when I use incorrect grammar (use grammar incorrectly?). Most of the time I don't correct myself. Because (there we go again) if I walked around saying whom every time it was (were) grammatically correct, I would sound like I was (were) trying to be smarter than you. Who (whom) am I trying to impress? No one. Sure, I'll write correctly in an academic paper, because the audience I'm writing for (for whom I'm writing) just might care. But (don't start sentences with 'but') you guys don't really care, do you?
Here's the deal. I teach English. But I don't teach perfect English. My students need to know how to talk to their bosses, how to communicate with the doctor, how to talk to their kids' teachers. They don't need to know how to use whom. I mean, come on--how many of you actually use whom correctly all the time? Or ever? How many of you even know when to use whom? I rest my case.
Want to know what spurred this post? The fact that there are a couple titles on my side bar that should technically use whom, but I refuse to use it. So sue me.
3 years ago