BONUS GRAMMAR TIP
Dear Frank: You say whomever, I say whoever.
Normally, when a pronoun is the OBJECT of a verb (transitive) or a
preposition, the pronoun will be in the OBJECTIVE case. Makes sense,
right? OBJECT = OBJECTIVE CASE.
Objective-case personal pronounc = me, you, him, her, them.)
but rather a clause, the clause must be grammatically consistent
object, but who [nominative], not whom [objective], is correct,
since the object of the verb is a clause.
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(besides a fork)? Do you lie awake
COMPONENTIZED? PRODUCTIZED? Do
you DIALOGUE (or DIALOG) about
DELIVERABLES? GOING FORWARD, are
you harvesting LOW-HANGING FRUIT?
Getting PUSHBACK? DISINCENTIVIZING
buyers? Or (HOPEFULLY) GAINING
Maybe you need to RAMP UP
(Better talk about that OFFLINE.) Are
we talking QUICK WIN or PARADIGM
SHIFT? What's the TAKE-AWAY? The
BOTTOM LINE? PEEL THE ONION, pal,
and LEVERAGE those CORE
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classic games, and economics. All
views expressed are his dog's.
different from speaking. One of the most strikingly intelligent people
I've had the pleasure to know—an architect with a warm manner and a
ready wit—goes into an altered state when he has to write something.
One minute we’re talking, the next minute we’re disintermediating,
and it’s all downhill from there. Whatever the topic, it inevitably
involves harnessing relevant data, addressing critical elements,
strategizing broad-based solutions, and optimizing tailored
I’ve wondered if there's a virus—maybe originating in Washington, D. C.
—carried by a mosquito that flies around offices looking for people who
are about to write something. Maybe these people release an enzyme
that makes the mosquito think “Dessert!” The virus’s telltale symptom
is a writing style that you’d expect from someone who was raised by a
pack of patent attorneys. No one, as far as I know, has died from this
virus. In any case, I’ve developed a remarkably effective cure....
particularly when the question is “What can I do to serve you?” Do you
know a better way to begin or invigorate a relationship than to hold in
thought the question “How can I make your life better?”
Let’s set aside for now the distinctions among types of relationships—
personal, social, familial, business, professional, and any others that
are based on roles. The Golden Rule doesn’t stipulate status, age, or
gender. It doesn’t counsel us to “do unto other English-speaking
American males above the age of 10 as you would have other English-
speaking American males above the age of 10 do unto you.”
religious thinker, political activist and
educator. Born in Austria, he spent
most of his life in Germany and
Israel, writing in German and
Hebrew. He is best known for his
1923 book, Ich und Du (I and Thou),
which distinguishes between “I-Thou”
and “I-It” modes of existence....
Buber characterizes “I-Thou”
relations as “dialogical” and “I-It”
relations as “monological.” In his
1929 essay “Dialogue,” Buber explains
that monologue is not just a turning
away from the other but also a
turning back on oneself.... To
perceive the other as an it is to take
them as a classified and hence
predictable and manipulable object
that exists only as a part of one's own
experiences. In contrast, in an “I-
Thou” relation both participants exist
as polarities of relation, whose center
lies in the between.
—Source: Internet Encyclopedia of
Excerpt from the introduction to the forthcoming handbook Writing
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