he and who

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 2 01:58:56 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> the "he" and the "who" are not merely coincidental.

That is sadly the case.

What was considered to be a hypercorrection typical of only the
pwaydo-literate in the 40's and '50' - everyone _except_ the
pretentious said and wrote "for him and his employer"; "on whom you
ask" was the ordinary literary standard - is become normal, in not
precisely "standard," usage.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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