Monday, December 10, 2018

Made for you and me

I am attempting to give everyone, everyone, the benefit of the doubt, even people who badly misuse language. When people say, "It was done by Mary and myself," or "Mary and I," they're just trying to sound more formal, more correct.* When they use impact as a verb, or (shudder) the made-up adjective impactful, they're only attempting to lend an emphasis and drama to the thing. It didn't just affect you, like a feather landing on your dining room table — it impacted you, like a bomb landing there.

*I want to tell them: there is nothing wrong with the word me. Don't be afraid. This land was made for you and me, and Woody Guthrie knew what he was talking about.

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