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“What we’re gonna’ do…”


This sentence beginning has become so common — and so stupid — I don't understand its popularity.


Famous chef Emeril Lagasse is a constant practitioner. While demonstrating the preparation of some recipe, he starts by saying, "What we're gonna do is we're gonna…".  That's nothing more than saying, "What we're gonna do is we're gonna do."


Why can't Emeril and others simply say something like, "Now we're going to roast this chicken"? Instead they say, "What we're gonna do is we're gonna roast this chicken." Wasted words — and crappy grammar.


Beginning every sentence — regardless of the subject, not just cooking — with a "What we're gonna do…" is ridiculous.


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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


“me” vs. “I” and “we” vs. “us”



There's something in the spoken English language that baffles me more than anything else. It's the mis-use of "me" and "I" when talking about something that happened.  

At the risk of sounding like a seventh-grade English teacher…"Me" is an object word; "I" is a subject word.

This means that you can give or tell things to "me"…you can't give or tell things to "I".

For some strange linguistic reason, legions of well-educated Americans think that proper English must include "I" when paired with someone else. For example, people who say, "Our parents invited Tom and I for a barbecue." If Tom hadn't been included, would that same person say, "Our parents invited I for a barbecue"?
Of course not…"Our parents invited Tom and ME for a barbecue."

One of the major NFL sportscasters, describing the action during a game, said "Between he (the quarterback) and the receiver…." Totally wrong. Correct version is, "Between him and the receiver…."

The same principle applies to "we" and "us"…"we" is a subject word, and "us" is an object word.

A prominent PBS radio host recently said, "You know, the eel is not the most appealing fish, especially for "we" Americans. OMG…bad grammar on public broadcasting!

She should have said "us" Americans. The word "we" is a subject word (like he, she, they, or I) that starts a sentence. The word "us" is an object word (like him, her, me, or them) that completes a sentence to finish a thought or statement.

It's stupid. Why can't well-educated people get this simple bit of grammar right?

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized