I’m no Grammar Nazi. I’m probably at best described as a lapsed subscriber to grammar monthly, and would mostly just flip through and read the cartoons, but there is a strange grammatical movement afoot that I’m curious about.
Nobody says “Something happened to [name] and me” anymore. It’s just…gone. I first noticed it on reality shows, then on unscripted podcasts, but more recently in scripted television. It’s like there is no such thing as an object of a sentence anymore. There are a few I’ve noticed who seem to recognize that “I” in the object position sounds strange, but they will drop in “myself” rather than stoop to the lowly “me.” Our company’s head of communications dropped this one today, as did Paul F. Tompkins in a live podcast I was listening to just minutes ago. Two classy public speaker/writers in their own right.
I’m not super-duper surprised, as the “No! It’s Timmy and I went to the store” was the earliest, most often and most lustily performed act of Grammar Nazism of my childhood. I don’t know which other generations were subjected to this singular correction.
It’s entirely possible that I don’t completely understand the rule myself. I was only formally exposed to grammar instruction once I started studying languages other than English, but it still rings strange to me.
Anyone else notice this?