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Grammar rant: I vs Me

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Grammar Rant: I vs Me

I realize that I am incredibly lazy when it comes to matters grammatical. One can probably find hundreds of grammatical errors in this blog and we won’t even try to guess the number of spelling errors here. I try not to be lazy, but, the pace at which my life flows these days doesn’t always lend itself easily to grammatical correctness. Most grammar faux pas, at least the ones I encounter, are generally the result of people in a hurry and meanings are not generally obfuscated by using lie instead of lay.

One grammar sin that is spreading like a cancer in all the English speaking world except for the UK is the misuse of I and me. This cancer is not limited to the lower classes. In fact the misuse of these words transcends all classes. Supposedly educated pundits and newscasters on TV misuse these words every single day. Doctors, educators (who should know better,) writers all misuse them. Misuse of these words is an offense to the ear if not the mind of the listener. In short using these words improperly makes one sound like an inbred hillbilly.

The problem is that this grammatical disease is spreading so that everyone sounds like a hick.

Let me see if I cam simplify this enough so that college educated people can understand it.

I is the first person singular nominative pronoun. Don’t let all those big words scare you. All that it means is that I is the noun we use when we are doing something. For example, I went to the park. You would never say Me went to the park.

Me is the first person singular objective pronoun. Those big words mean that this pronoun is the one that is acted on. For example, The ball hit me. You would not say, The ball hit I.

The problem with these pronouns seems to stem from the use of them with other pronouns. You and I went to the park is a proper sentence and so is The ball hit you and me. In proper English the ball will never hit “you and I.”

So mushing all of our example sentences together we come up with the very proper You and I went to the park where the ball hit you and me.

If it confuses you which pronoun to use just eliminate the other pronoun and see how it sounds. You and I went to the park where the ball hit I hopefully sounds incorrect to you so you know that we need to change the pronoun to “me.”

I am not sure what has happened in the English language and why we need to say “you and I” instead of “we” and “you and me” instead of “us.” I think too many people are trying to be to fancy in their speaking.

The rules for I and me don’t change if one is using a name instead of a pronoun. “Terry and I went to the park where the ball hit Terry and me” is a proper, though not totally eloquent, sentence. A better sentence in this case would be “Terry and I went to the park where the ball hit us.”

Anyway I am rambling so this rant has lost it’s effectiveness.

Excuse me but I have to rant for a minute…

America has become a sad pansified whupped version of itself. Where are the men? Where are the guts? Where is the glory? This is pathetic people! We are so in touch with our feelings that we can’t even win a war or produce offspring!

We have gotten all wrapped up in giving second chances to people who really should fail. We make all the rules flexible if you have a problem or some dumbassed label. A clue here- SOME PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO FAIL.

Here’s a newsflash- FAILURE IS PART OF LEARNING. Quit giving kids scoring curves. Quit giving them a million chances to turn in homework that was due two months ago. Quit moving them on to the next grade level when they are too damn stupid (or lazy) to learn to read. They will be on the teat from now on if they never have the opportunity to fail.

 

BULLYING?! Who in their right mind decided this was such a godawful thing. I was bullied as a kid. It stopped. I made it stop. Kids have this remarkable sense of right and wrong, believe it or not, and if you are sucking your thumb in class when you are 13 then you deserve to have your butt whipped. Bullies are part of the learning process as well. They can train you to act like a civilized member of society instead of being a self-indulgent ass like most parents these days.

 

Even team mascots are coming under fire these days. Someone has decided that the XCity Jaguars might be a scary mascot for the younger students. Here is yet another newsflash TEAM MASCOTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SCARY! Who the hell is going to be scared to play football against the XCity Carebears or the Sissycity Butterflies?

 

Come on you friggin wusses- leave those of us who have a pair alone and go back to your friggin needlepoint. We don’t mind doing the heavy lifting but we really want you to quit your bitching!

Obama’s a muslim and he’s trying to convert me? What moron told you that?

I see on the web how Obama is turning the US into some sort of Gadhaffi-like Islamo-socialist state.

If this is his goal then he is doing a rotten job of accomplishing it. Two years into his term I still know only ONE Muslim personally, and unlike his doofus predecessor I have yet to see Obama attend a Ramadan anything. Dubya attended Ramadan parties every dang time one came up!

Don’t they teach critical thinking in school anymore? Obama would have better luck turning the US into a cheese factory than into a muslim superstate.

THINK PEOPLE!

Random Thought 6: Justifying our time (Rant)

When Saint Peter Plays back the tape of our lives  how surprised we will be to see how much of our lives was wasted on minutiae like television and web browsing. We are all griping about not having any time, but how does one not “have time?”

How many of us have ever tried to justify our time? It starts with making a simple accounting of where we were and what we did. Do any of us ever think about what we are doing or do we just do it?

Monks of several different religions pause several times a day and make a mental note of exactly where they are and what they are doing. No subjective adjectives in this procedure, just a simple and candid observation of the reality around them. If they are digging hole in the ground then they say to themselves that they are digging holes in the ground.

The first step in dealing with an alcoholic is admitting they are an alcoholic, that is facing reality. Perhaps the first step to spiritual growth is facing reality, period.

The Japanese have a small literary tradition of poetic diaries. These diaries are usually filled with poems about the courts of the Emperor or they are travel journals.  An interesting project might be to stop several times each day and write a haiku (or senryu) about what is going on, right now this very moment. Haiku are tight snapshots of life. This wouldn’t be hard to do.

Then after a month or so of doing this it might be interesting to go back and read this “Uta Nikki” and see where we really do spend our time.

Essay: Voluntary Simplicity

From almost the foundation of America a counterculture of “voluntary simplicity” has existed. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God preacher Jonathan Edwards left his pastorate to go preach to the Indians. While there is no direct proof that he was tired of the ratrace and wanted a fresh start, he left enough hints in his papers to lead one to believe “downshifting” was one of his reasons. Thoreau moved to the outskirts of Concord, near Walden Pond, in 1854 to live deliberately. We have Edward Abbey working as a park ranger in Utah a hundred years or so later. The 70s gave us the back to nature movement that saw a small migration of tired would-be yuppies to the western US trying to live off the land. Some of Unabomber Ted Kascynski’s motivation for his lifestyle and action was a drive for voluntary simplicity.

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