Grammaticality

Saxo Grammaticus. He doesn’t really have anything to do with grammar, but his last name is Grammaticus.
Saxo Grammaticus. He doesn’t really have anything to do with grammar, but his last name is Grammaticus.

Since I'm always the one posting blogs about weird grammar and dictionary sites, people may be under the impression that I'm some sort of hard-ass when it comes to the laws of word usage. In truth, I am not (although I may laugh at people quietly and smear red ink all over their copy, I'm hardly ever mean about it to their faces--maybe it's because I know I'm susceptible to the same missteps). But there is someone at the Alibi offices who does fall under that category: our in-house grammar guru, “Jerry.”

Jerry has mastered the art of not-so-subtle constructive criticism. If you send an e-mail that, let's say, employs the wrong verb tense or mistakenly uses a misplaced modifier, he'll let you know. Take, for example, the subject line of this e-mail sent out yesterday by an Alibi staffer:

"whomever has the front printer on manual feed"

The body of the e-mail is irrelevant, what's interesting (and educational) is Jerry's response, sent to "all":

"btw, the rules are very, very confusing, but it should be ‘whoever’ not ‘whomever’

you can generally use this rule: replace whoever with ‘he’ and whomever with ‘him’

if the sentence breaks down, use the other one

more grammar hell here:

www.celebrityenglish.com"

In the end, we should thank Jerry. Besides providing us with a seriously entertaining way to learn grammar (that website is amazing), he's made sure that I always proofread my e-mails.