[Ads-l] "Till death do we part"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 22 06:17:51 UTC 2016

Back in the '50's, this was the semiliterate, oddly hypercorrected, last
line of an otherwise excellent, rhythm-and-blues love-song of sixty years
ago. Everyone knows that the phrase is "... till death do _us_ part,"
archaic phraseology for "... till death parts us."

Somehow, this ancient error now appears in an NYT headline:

"Platonic, Until Death Do _We_ Part"


Who had any idea that the bruz were not wrong, but, rather, were merely
ahead of the curve?


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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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