Between he and she

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu Feb 18 23:10:52 UTC 2010

>Yesterday I heard a network TV reporter, talking about Tiger Wood's
>eagerly anticipated statement before close friends and associates,
>say that Woods had said it was between he and his wife.
>Or have I been too sheltered?

I've just recently noticed a few uses of this sort, too, where an
overtly nominative pronoun is used in the first position in a
compound object. I think I heard it in some Olympic commentating on
Canadian television, for one. I'm sure it's not really a brand new
thing, but it did strike me when I heard it, and I wondered whether
it was on the increase. I must start taking notes on it...

James Harbeck.

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