Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Two Annoyances 

1. To whomever whoever stole my cooler while it was draining, I hope it leaked all over you and all your important documents.

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??

By Blogger Jane Ellen+, at 9:03 PM  

Jane, I think we have a deputy right here.

By Blogger Dawgdays, at 9:38 AM  

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?

By Blogger Jim, at 7:11 AM  

So noted, Jim. Thank you! I begin on July 5.


By Blogger Ryan, at 11:42 AM  

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!

By Blogger Jim, at 12:11 PM  

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