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A Grammar Nazi's fate

Over at Grammar Blog in the United Kingdom — a site you might want to explore — the proprietors have linked to a video on Youtube, “Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler?”

Watch it.

You might want to be prepared for a little coarse language from the Fuehrer.

And yes, someone has already written to point out that it should be whom in the title of the video.

 

 

Posted by John McIntyre at 3:15 PM | | Comments (5)
        

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Really? Whom Do You Think.... I've always been better than average at who/whom, but - and I know you hate this reasoning - "Whome" doesn't sound right.

It's the name of a British wartime song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnRIejYv9mo

Not wartime. The song was written specifically for the programme Dad's Army by Jimmy Perry (one of the writers of the show) and Derek Taverner in 1969.

"Whome" doesn't sound right.

Perhaps a more conventional spelling......

Fancy that! Didn't realise that Bud Flanagan was still around in the Sixties.

Here's a link with the actual opening credits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKsMrKVxPiQ&NR=1

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at john.mcintyre@baltsun.com.
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