by Conrad Weisert
April 25, 2013
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I just learned from the Atlantic magazine1 that I may be considered a "pompous twerp". My offense, says "Wordplay" columnist Megan Garber, is to continue using the objective case of the pronoun who!
Of course, I immediately did a Google search of this web-site and turned up an embarrassing 24 instances of the pompous obsolete pronoun whom.2 Ms. Garber quotes a language blogger who she respects:
"Whom is unnecessary—indeed, it's out of place—where a conversational tone is sought."
So, now I've been warned. I'll try to keep that in mind.
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Ms. Garber also cites avoiding splitting infinitives and ending sentences with prepositions as similar obsolete niceties of English. Actually most Americans understand that final prepositions are a long-accepted English idiom (but perhaps not the sort of Americans around with whom I generally hang).
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