The Slow, Steady Death of 'Whom'
Did you know the word 'whom' is slowly dying, a victim of increasing neglect by a living language? The Boston Globe's excellent 'Ideas' section says the word is following "thou and ye into pronoun heaven." But it's been a tortuously slow decline: even H.L Mencken noted way back in 1921 that it had all but disappeared from general speech. But still, those fussy sticklers, the pedantic grammar police who insist on writing angry letters to the editor each time they notice non-classic usages, persist in their denunciations of what they consider bad grammar. Here's hoping they can eventually find something more productive to which they might put their attention.