Me, Myself, and I

You have no idea how much fun I get out of curating this blog. The comments and contributions you all make are incredibly rewarding, especially/even when flaws in my grammar or inaccuracies in my content are pointed out.

I don’t like making mistakes, but I don’t often get bent out of shape over them, and I appreciate being held to high standards (Amy). As a writer, my grammar, spelling, and punctuation really should be top shelf. But they aren’t always, and I pay the price.

As a defense mechanism against the minefield that is ‘I’ and ‘me’, Byron briefly considered referring to himself in the third person, but then, he himself decided against it.

 

Richard E. Grant in the 1987 film entitled “Whitnail and I”, which may or may not be grammatically correct.

 

In other news, I am considering the Back To School Wardrobe post that we always do this time of year, with a twist: I just received an email from a reader in Scotland who’s off to university this fall. He asked about clothes and wrist watches, and I replied in a private email.

Next week, I may simply delete any personal information from our correspondence and post that as our annual Back To School advisory. I think I offered solid advice.

Any thoughts? Or does the actual list of clothing items and vendors serve the purpose more effectively?

Thanks. Talk soon.

  • BGT

8 thoughts on “Me, Myself, and I

  1. Amy gives Byron a B+ for grammar and an A+ for attitude. Graciousness, humility and a willingness to learn beat defensiveness, combativeness and willful ignorance at all times and under all circumstances. I would like to see your advice to the reader rather than another list, with the caveat that I always advise extreme caution when purchasing an expensive wristwatch. In my opinion they are usually not worth the money. The only exception is watches that are expensive but not obviously so. I realize I’m probably in the minority on this.

  2. Good humor, Amy! And I agree, let’s see the advice to the reader. On the watch front, for YEARS I begged my mom to pass her Movado on to me. She did. I also have a Tissot. Different meanings associated with each piece, but I appreciate them both very much. Pet peeve: men who wear watches the size of hubcaps. Ugh.

  3. Hi Byron,

    I would vote for publishing the tweaked list. Since you’re in Europe, would you mind mentioning European sellers of high quality clothing, especially for women? I’m having a really hard time here in Germany, even Land’s End isn’t what it was. Recently I shopped for myself and what I saw mostly looked like one time use clothing (In a medium to high end shop) that wouldn’t survive the first washing cycle. So, just for fun, I went into the men’s section to see whether I could get something for my elderly brother.

    It was like stepping into another shop. The men’s section clothing was of best quality, good cloth, very well made in the seems and finish, fine buttons. Maybe because to the most part, men don’t do retail therapy.

  4. I vote for correct. It’s a title. The noun plus “me” combination, as subject, is common but certainly not correct. While “it’s me” is incorrect, it may be acceptable colloquial usage in conversation.

    As for correcting grammar, my general policy is that not offending the speakers may be more important than correcting their language-usage. There may be limits to this.

    The Old Money Book did mention grammar, but it did not offer suggested reading and references. Adding that would be a help especially for people who don’t know that they need help. Correct punctuation, too, is unusual today. However, I must acknowledge the fact that online grammar tests can be incorrect.

    When reading a scholarly paper, I tend to stop reading when grammatical errors appear. The author loses credibility.

  5. I’ve always enjoyed reading the list’s. As for your Scottish friend, I would recommend The House of Bruar to him for good quality Scottish clothing. I’ve bought from them for many years. Very well made, very classic clothing for both men and women. Best, Jane Keller

  6. I found a FT article entitled “Me, Myself and I are all annoyed at Pronoun Misuse”. I love a clever title, and love your sense of humor on the topic. My family have an ongoing group text whenever we want clarification on some question of grammar or language usage in general. It is confusing, and of course, language does progress. We keep each other up on current slang or text/Tiktok abbreviations and marvel at the misuse of language we overhear. It gives us a chance to connect over a shared love of words and culture. As for whose grammar I correct, that is reserved for people I know well, and who I know will appreciate it!

    As for style, I am always ready for your thoughts. I feel slightly on the outside of usual suggestions for women, since my own preferences are very feminine.

  7. The content of this blog is always a treat even when my duties prevent me from commenting! I would love to have a peek into your correspondence. Back to school is the perfect time to assess one’s wardrobe and cull/replace/pivot where clothing no longer suits. ♡

  8. I love this blog, and your musings, guidance and advice although, I do hope that Byron’s influence will remain confined to the literary, given his predilection for a lot of extremely questionable things. That said, the thought of an amoral literary superhero, “the byronic man’, does sound fun.

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