[Ads-l] Pied-pipe a preposition, but don't pied-pipe a particle (i.e. "up with which I will not put")

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 27 16:29:27 EDT 2021


I’m surprised nobody has brought up the other classic put-down of the rule in question, something along the lines of this exchange (reproduced from memory):

A: "This is the kind of tedious nonsense that I shall not put up with!”
B: “Surely you know it’s grammatically incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition?”
A: “Very well. This is the kind of tedious nonsense that I shall not put up with, you asshole!” 

LH

> On Jun 27, 2021, at 3:19 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET> wrote:
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> In this piece for Grammar Girl, I cover the "up with which I will not put" joke, with nods to Fred Shapiro and John Robert Ross:
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> https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/up-with-which-i-will-not-put
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> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/07/04/churchill-preposition/
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> The quick, dirty, and alliterative rule that did NOT make it into the final script: Pied-pipe a preposition, but don't pied-pipe a particle!
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> Neal
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