Some actual real live person still had to receive the request … and route the data back to whomever’d asked for it.Now, I’m not some stickler who would call out a writer for saying “who” where “whom” is called for, because “whom” can come off as overly formal or punctilious. That is, I don’t wish George Thorogood had sung “whom do you love.” But when somebody uses “whom” where “who” is called for, he or she is trying to be punctilious, and failing. That’s a bad combo, and I wish I could have advised The Clash not to sing “exactly whom I’m supposed to be.” Similarly, I wish Russell’s editor had caught her error.
But to be clear, my obsession with precise grammar isn’t an English major thing—it’s a Dana thing. I envy Russell’s ability to write good fiction, and I would never suggest she isn’t worthy of an English degree. She doesn’t happen to have one, by the way … she studied Anthropology, but that’s neither here nor there. I promise you I didn’t learn a lick of grammar in any of my college English classes.
So, to recap: when I type “kindergartner” the website doesn’t like it, and substitutes “kindergartener,” which it—or, well, somebody—doesn’t like, and I’m offered “kindergartner” as a replacement. (I think it’s Google Chrome flagging this word, because the Internet Explorer and Edge browsers don’t flag it. But if it’s Google suggesting “kindergartner,” they’re sure being weird, because the context-sensitive menu includes “Ask Google for suggestions,” as though the suggestion just above it, “kindergartner,” was from someone else.)
More reading for word lovers
- The Oxford Comma
- If William Wordsworth Were Writing Today
- A.I. Smackdown — English Major vs. ChatGPT
- A.I. Smackdown — English Major vs. ChatGPT - Part 2
- English: I Think That That Language Is Screwy
- Ask An English Major
- From the Archives - Bike Team Grammar Lesson
- Ask a Grammar Lover
- More Q&A With a Grammar Lover
- OK Calling Bike Clothes “Kit”?
- “Kit” Revisited - Not OK with “Kit” Commentary!
- What We Talk About When We Talk About “Kit”
- The Grammar Wars
- More War of Words
- The Trouble with English
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