An “F” in Grammar for the Washington Post
by Jamison Koehler on April 25, 2014
“The recovery required painful reflections on a 3-13 season that featured a trying rehabilitation, a failed attempt to recapture the magic of his rookie season, a bitter divorce between he, the organization and coach Mike Shanahan.”
This is Washington Post sportswriter Mike Jones discussing Robert Griffin III. Jones and his editors should be ashamed of themselves. It is not only that they got it wrong. It is that they committed what I believe is among the most egregious of errors – an error based on pure pretension.
People never want to say “me” or “him.” They assume that must be wrong. As in “me and him went to the store.” So they overcompensate by striking these two words from their vocabulary and end up with the doozy above.
Would you ever say “a bitter divorce between we?” Of course not. Why then do you think you can get away saying “a bitter divorce between he, the organization and coach Mike Shanahan?”
And they left out a conjunction.