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December 23, 2014


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Thanks for the Festivus roundup. Recently I was looking at an oven on the Miele website which featured "Intuative" controls. So much for German attention to detail.

I think I neglected to mention that that sign also misspelled my name (It had directory information on the right side.) But thankfully they replaced it with a corrected version after a few weeks.

There's nothing wrong with "with you and I" and other nominative conjoined objects, as syntactician Arnold Zwicky calls them; nominative forms in coordinate objects are one of the favourite targets of prescriptivist witch-hunts, but they can be found in the usage of perfectly literate speakers and writers, from Shakespeare onwards.

It's not acceptable in the New York Times or in any other publication that employs editors and hews to the AP Stylebook.

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