Good Example of “Who” and “Whom.”

Maybe the title should be “Whom and Who.” That’s the order in our example sentence:

Naipaul is best understood as an inquiline, as a man whom the English have tried to absorb, but a man who has clung to displacement like a floating buoy.”

The Voyage in — A Way in the World by V.S. Naipaul; The New Republic (Washington, DC); Jun 13, 1994.

I got the sentence from, a site that produces A Word A Day, and I highly recommend that you subscribe.

  • Look at the “whom.” The subject is “the English,” so “whom” is the direct object. (Rearrange it: The English tried to absorb him.”)
  • Now look at the “who.” “Who” is the subject. “Who” did the clinging.

Both usages are correct. Good for them.

Since you might be curious, shamelessly copied from Wikipedia:

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Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul TC, most commonly known as V. S. Naipaul, and informally, Vidia Naipaul, was a Trinidadian and Tobagonian British writer of works of fiction and nonfiction in English.  Nobel Prize in Literature, Booker Prize, Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society

A nice List of Errors

Don’t need to say much for this post. Don’t you make these goofs!

By the way, if you click the link to the comic, click the link to the comments. They’re pretty good. One of the comments even explains the solecism in the last panel.

Enjoy Cabo With The Right Cabo Fishing Trips

Cabo without any doubt is one of the most important and fascinating tourist destinations in San Lucas, Mexico. The name often brings us memories of the best beaches, high fives, and swim-up bars, underwater sports and much more. Fishing without any doubt is one of the most important and popular attractions for any tourist and therefore it is quite common for many of them to look for the right Cabo all-inclusive fishing trips or the famous whale watching expeditions in Cabo, San Lucas, Mexico. Apart from Cabo you also should visit East Cape. Both these places are accessible easily from Los Cabos International Airport. They offer one of the most exciting fishing expeditions and that too in the famed waters that surround the tip of the famous Baja California Peninsula of California. It is, however, important that you choose the right fishing charter. With so many options being available, this is not easy, to say the least. While most of the fishing charter service provider in Cabo is almost the same, there could be a few things that could separate the grain from the chaff. You must be aware of the most important attributes that help you in choosing the right charter. We are sharing a few things that could help you in making the right choice.


We are putting this on top of the list for some specific reason. The fishing charter market in Cabo and surrounding areas is quite volatile. In such a situation, it makes much better sense for you to do some research, shop around and then choose the right fishing charter. You could save quite a few hundred dollars if you can bargain smartly and intelligently. There are dozens of Cabo San Lucas yacht charter companies and they indulge in a price war especially during the lean season. As far as the busy season is concerned, you must book well in advance if you wish to enjoy the best rates. Even then, check on the rates before you use the facilities because many charter companies go back on their contracted rates during busy and peak seasons.

Fuel Expenses

Fuel expenses have to be borne by the customers and the fuel cost will depend on the size of the boat and the capacity of the engine amongst other things. The quality of the boat must not be compromised in your quest for getting the best rates because of obvious reasons. The safety of you, your family members, and friends are of paramount importance and there cannot be any compromise on this.


 Finally, the fish charter you are going to undertake would depend on the quality of the captain and the crew that he has. This is because they are the ones who will guide you through the entire fish charter. You could be new to the place and therefore some bit of explanation might be required. This is where the captain and the crew could have a big role to play. They are capable of taking care of the comforts and well being of the passengers and this certainly makes a big difference in more ways than one.

Contact US:

Los Gringos Charters

Address:20924 Chester St,
Castro Valley, CA
Phone: (866) 373-2905

Plural or Singular?

First the puzzle: Is the spider’s sentence correct?

Okay, “all” here means he dreams about only one thing. That’s singular, right? So the verb should be “is,” right?

Then why does “is” sound wrong, and “are” sound right? Think about it before you read the next paragraph.

The reason is called attraction. It’s a legitimate rule in Latin, but not in English, though sometimes it happens. Attraction is when you base the form of a word to agree with the closest candidate (even if it’s incorrect). And “flies” is closer to the verb than the subject is.

Punctuation Matters

The comic is about a little girl who’s afraid of her grandmother’s big dog…

As you can see, the change in punctuation makes a difference. When you write, think about the punctuation!

Okay, now a test. How should you punctuate the labels?

A Conspicuously Singular “They”

Many writers use “they” as a singular, particularly when they don’t know or they want to conceal the gender of whom or what they are referring to. Writers have done this for a long time (centuries) and sometimes it feels natural, even, but this example jumped out at me:

Authorities have arrested an individual who is allegedly part of The Chuckling Squad, the hacker group that compromised the Twitter CEO’s account in August, according to Vice. The alleged member was arrested around two weeks ago, but isn’t named because they are a minor.

(I should add that the quote is from a summary on the Recode Daily website, though the usage occurs in a similar sentence in the original (linked) article.

When Not to Correct Someone’s Grammar

My policy is to be wise and not correct someone unless they ask. (I get asked a lot on, by the way.) This comic is a good example of when to use this policy of non-correction. Even though he’s right about the grammar.

Frankly, I recommend not cheating in the first place, either.

A New Spoonerism

A spoonerism is a pair of words whose first letters have been swapped for humorous effect. Named after a William Archibald Spooner, who was famous for doing this unintentionally.

I ran into a new one today:

Helps to know a little about professional football and that Steenwijk is a town in the Netherlands.

So what’s your favorite spoonerism?