"which" = 'who'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 7 19:15:34 UTC 2011

Eyewitness to Carson City IHOP shootings, on CNN: "I saw a lady which had
slumped over on the table."

Guy (on phone) otherwise well-spoken, sounds white, not young. But not old
enough to be a speaker of Middle English, either.

I used to see this occasionally in freshman themes more than twenty years
ago. It would not occur to me in ten million years to use "which" in this


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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