WordPlay

Us the People

In Good Grammer: Them's the Rules on December 5, 2014 at 3:13 am

Us the People

The U.S. Constitution’s “Preamble,” thank goodness, is still familiar to many Americans as of 2014.

“We the People” are three words fiom the Preamble heard most often. Ah, patriotism…It’s a good thing, right?

Well… As used in the Preamble, “We the People…” is just fine. It’s the subject of its sentence.

Where many go wrong, however, is in using these three words as an object.

Example: “Here in America, the real power lies with we the people.”

It should be thus: “Here in America, the real power lies with us, the people.”

-E.S.

 

The Situation is Worse than We’ve Been Let to Believe

In Good Grammer: Them's the Rules on November 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm

More mistakes from our misguided media…

The situation is worse that we’ve been let to believe

 I don’t prescribe to that idea.

We’re in the thralls of summer

 With its new Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis is becoming the new epic center of the chess world.

 

-U.R.W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Can Run, and You Can Hide

In Good Grammer: Them's the Rules on August 31, 2014 at 10:26 pm

 

You can run, but you can’t hide.  The source of this  little aphorism is unknown to me.  Possibly it was launched by one of the “reality” television shows, like Cops  or Most Wanted,  popular in late twentieth century America.
Whatever the source, this statement is not completely true.  You can hide.  What you can’t do, sometimes, is hide successfully.
-M.B.

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