WordPlay

What Kind of a Fool?

In Good Grammer: Them's the Rules on January 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm

What Kind of a Fool?

Devotees of old Broadway show tunes still remember this: What Kind of Fool am I? from Stop the World-I Want to get off. [1962] It later was a big hit song for Sammy Davis, Jr.

From WordPlay’s point of view, this song could serve also as a good “object lesson” in a finer point of English usage. It happens rarely, but the song writer got it right.*

It would be wrong to ask “What Kind of A Fool Am I?”

 

*Sammy’s song, Who Can I Turn To? goes awry grammatically.  To Whom Can I Turn? would be proper, but it might not be “cool.”

 

 

 

 

-U.R.W

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