This is a public service announcement and (maybe) the first in an erratic series of fusillades fired in the direction of blithely ignorant practitioners of faulty grammar. Not that it’ll make any difference, but 1) this exercise will make me feel better and 2) at least I can say I made an effort.
These offenses are not in any order of criminality, but will appear as they offend my ears.
Abhorrent Grammar Mistakes #1
Exhibit #1 “Between you and I”
Because “between” is a preposition and so requires personal pronouns that follow it (as part of a “prepositional phrase”) to be in the objective case.
“I” is in the nominative case.
As we all know, though some of us have forgotten, personal pronouns have three cases. Ahem. Nominative, objective, and possessive. There is a ton of simple easy to remember information about this (“about” is yet another preposition!) available online, so I won’t belabor this or bore you any further than to suggest you avoid embarrassing yourself and others who know better by uttering the above travesty against our mother tongue and always say instead . . .
Exhibit #2 “Between you and me”
“Me” (ahem) is in the grammatically correct case (in this case), the objective case.
Now, many will object that it “doesn’t sound right,” but that will only betray the kind of company they have been keeping. Today “between you and I” is widely and incorrectly used, yet those who know the difference are still the people who make a difference, so watch out.
Between you and me, it’s important.