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February 09, 2011

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And "jealous" though it has a better ring, isn't the right word contextually either. "Envious" would be more correct.

Wow...excellent post, Nancy! I, too, was unconvinced by Jim's argument besmirching the ProFlwers ad. Your analysis, on the other hand, was outstanding. And I agree: "How Will You Spoil Her?" should be the theme of the entire campaign. What a great line. I love it, and I'm sure my wife would, too.

Jim may be wrong about what’s active and what’s passive, but I wouldn’t fault him as to “jealous.” Regardless of the unimpeachable sources, “jealous” and “envious” have some overlap, and “jealous” is very commonly used where you would insist on “envious.” I totally disagree on “these” being only an adjective that should be replaced by “them.” The pronoun use of “these,” per the OED, goes back as far as the adjective use. You can even have both forms in the same sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

(For starters, let’s change “these,” an adjective, to “them,” a noun).

"Them" is a noun? No, it's a pronoun.

And so is "these", a demonstrative rather than personal pronoun.

Nancy, this was a delicious read.

I agree with the distinction you draw between jealousy and envy.

I am someone who has often been the recipient of beautiful flowers when it has been very clear that the message conveyed was intended for another audience.

I have known at least four women who have secretly ordered lavish bouquets on Valentine's Day for themselves, to present a certain image in the workplace. (And I suspect a few others.)

Each wanted to create the impression that she was cherished. Don't be so sure that envy is not part of the equation; there is a lot of "rug ranking" in corporate settings around V-Day. The feminine psyche is complex and varied on February 14ths.

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