Words They Are A-Changing’

Review of A World Without Whom, Utne Reader, Winter 2018

You may have heard the rumblings already: “whom” is on its way out.

On the internet, at least, it’s often teasingly rendered as “whomst,” and anyone who corrects another person’s use of the word will be roundly ridiculed. Since changes to the language can evoke strong emotional responses, the way you feel about this particular one might vary all the way from “It’s about time!” to “It’s the end of the world as we know it.”

All this to say: When it comes to grammar, spelling, and usage, you’ll have to be at least somewhat cool with changes like these to properly appreciate this book.

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