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Grammatical Gripe #2

My wife and I may work or play.
My wife and I may loaf all day.
But dude, no matter how you try,
You’ll never see my wife and I! 

When I’m the subject, “I” is right.
I need a drink.”  (I think I might!)
So why is it so hard to see
That as an object, I am me

You see me here.  You see me there.
You make me want to tear my hair. 
You don’t see I.  You don’t see she.
You damn well see my wife and me!

It doesn’t take an English ace
To figure out an object case.
My cat will swim and pigs will fly
Before you see my wife and I! 




  1. Anna wrote:

    Although I hate to aid your strife,
    Think of it without your wife.
    It’s “I’ll do this,” and “I’ll go there,”
    “My wife and me’ll go to the fayre?”
    I hardly think so, it sounds wrong,
    You’d change your mind before too long.

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 5:32 am | Permalink
  2. Jimmigee wrote:

    To hear “me and her”
    (doin’ sumpin),
    Gives me the urge
    to inflict a thumpin.

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  3. Kat wrote:

    Public school teacher here, SO frustrated with the fact that my kids don’t know basic grammar. Love your stuff :)

    Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  4. The Ridger wrote:

    Well, I’m not so very good at rhyme,
    But this thing you hear all the time?
    It’s just the language on its way
    From Old English to modern day.

    Pronouns are in a state of change,
    They may seem awful, rude, or strange
    But it’s no worse than nouns went through
    And that doesn’t seem to bother you.

    We don’t decline “my wife”, you know,
    And yet we manage all to know
    Whether subject or object of the clause:
    This single form ne’er gives us pause.

    Declensions have all given way
    And word position’s here to stay.
    Too, conjoined phrases do not act
    Like single words, and that’s a fact.

    You may complain – you do! – and yet
    You don’t pine over “ye”, I’ll bet.
    “Your wife and you” do double duty,
    Which really is a thing of beauty.

    When asked “who is it that can see?”
    Do you say “I” or merely “me”?
    You left “before I did”, did you? -
    But “before me”, you know it’s true.

    And who pays for the things we buy?
    It’s “silly me”, not “silly I”.
    One last thought before I go
    Why does this anger people so?

    It’s never confusing, always clear -
    You never mistake the things you hear.
    With nouns you do not even blink:
    Why, then, the rage? Why, do you think?

    Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11:43 am | Permalink

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