Wednesday, May 24, 2006
2. The word "discipling" has somehow found its way into my diocese's newspaper. GET IT THROUGH YOUR SKULLS - THAT IS NOT A VERB! You can "make someone a disciple", you can even "be a disciple", but you CANNOT "disciple someone" or "be discipled". If anyone disagrees, I direct them to Mason Matthews.
All perectly good nouns which over time have been warped into verbal usage. I don't care if the dictionary now lists them alternately as verbs; it is still disturbing and wrong.
Where are the Grammar Police when you need them??
Jane, I think we have a deputy right here.
The grammar police in charge of "whom" have issued a citation to you. The [correct] phrase "whoever took my cooler" is the object of the preposition "to" in your construction. The verb *always* requires a nominative form, while the object of a preposition may be a phrase.
When do you start your new job cum collar?
So noted, Jim. Thank you! I begin on July 5.
Keep us posted. The seminarian we had at our parish is from Kentucky, and their first "calls" are assignments from the Bishop. She is off to East Hingeway, Egypt (actually the Kentucky version thereof), and since her bishop is a front-runner for the PB, she's uncertain about when she'll be ordained a priest. Count your blessings!