bounceswoosh wrote:Honest question: is "whom to blame" grammatically correct?
tibbi wrote:Well, I enjoyed this one so much I just had to produce it for the dribblecast. I trust no one will mind. I even tried out adding some creepy music as background.
http://www.dribblecast.org/2014/10/03/d ... n-promise/
Again, I hope it pleases.
SpareInch wrote:bounceswoosh wrote:Honest question: is "whom to blame" grammatically correct?
Umm... Yes, technically. But common usage allows for who if you feel happier saying that.
In 2000 the comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm showed an owl in a tree calling "Whom" and a raccoon on the ground replying "Show-off!".
The popularity of whom humor tells us two things about the distinction between who and whom. First, whom has long been perceived as formal verging on pompous. Second, the rules for its proper use are obscure to many speakers, tempting them to drop whom into their speech whenever they want to sound posh.
Shakespeare and his contemporaries frequently used who where the rules would call for whom and vice versa, and even after a century of nagging by prescriptive grammarians the who-whom distinction remains tenuous in speech and informal writing. Only the stuffiest prig would use whom to begin a short question or relative clause:Whom are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
It's not what you know, it's whom you know.
Do you know whom you're talking to?
strawman wrote:Dorothea Grimsley pointed out that Shakespeare is irrelevant, since the 30 Year War, in which the issue was finally settled, had yet to be fought.
However. she is abashed and kerfuffelled at the prospect of disagreeing with an Englishperson about English (after all they ARE English - res ipse loquitor).
- I reminded her that Latin trumps 'whom' for show-off.
tibbi wrote:I love the use of Whom over Who. If I'd said Who, I'd have felt I needed to tack a Doctor in front of it.
Not that I'm overly strict about grammar myself.
I'm glad the author approves of the production.
strawman wrote:However. she is abashed and kerfuffelled at the prospect of disagreeing with an Englishperson about English
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