Whomever, Whoever … Whatever

A bilateral agreement such as the one proposed between China and Solomon Islands undermines that sentiment and shows a limited appreciation for security of the region as a whole by whomever was the leaked draft’s initial author.

(Mihai Sora, theguardian.com, 3-25-22)

I am also thinking about what Jada may or may not have been thinking and where the sort of female role in what happened lays, in your view.

(Lulu Garcia-Navarro, nytimes.com, 3-29-22)

There’s more muddle in Anglophonia than you can shake a stick at: who vs. whom; lie vs. lay; disinterested vs. uninterested; effect vs. affect; capital vs. capitol; principle vs. principal; pedal vs. petal; nauseous vs. nauseated; literally vs. virtually; true fact vs. free gift; Google vs. knowledge; and so on vs. etcetera.

In casual speech and cyber-jabber the slips are throwaway, no one cares. But until the now wrong, under prolonged abuse, becomes the new right, the grammar-ticklish observer takes note when the solecisms crop up even in literate journals.

(c) 2022 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Whomever, Whoever … Whatever

  1. Yes indeed! I applaud this post – but then I fear I am a pedant! You have cheered me up!

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    • JMN says:

      Thank you so much. I identify as a pedant, but I think the term should be rescued from being a term of disparagement. Language does evolve, and I’m far from insisting that it be frozen in place or lecturing others. The gender issue seems to be in a fluid state in several European and English-speaking countries, and interests me because it affects more than just vocabulary. Your feedback here has cheered ME up! Thanks again.

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