In which we live in

While at the grocery store the other day, I spotted a woman wearing a T-shirt with this message:

I am the grammarian about whom your mother warned you. 

Apparently, my fellow shopper would not be a fan of the “Rules That Aren’t” session at numerous ACES conferences. The leader of that session, Bill Walsh of The Washington Post, has said that the end of sentence is a reasonable place for a preposition. He’s not alone.

The T-shirt example certainly shows how stilted the language becomes when adhering to this “rule.” The sentence is almost as awkward as this lyric by Paul McCartney, who tried to have it both ways:

But in this ever-changing world in which we live in… 

I’m with Walsh on this. On this “rule,” let’s live and let it die.



  1. I agree with you and Walsh, and had to add my favorite lyric example, from John Mellencamp:

    No I cannot forget from where it is that I come from ….

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