Forgive me….a subject about which I am passionate

I try to keep the political blogging restricted to Kate’s Adventures, but this made me so excited, I just had to share it.

First I came across this piece written by Bil Browning on the Bilerico Project, which says that Barack Obama will be announcing Indiana Senator (and former governor) Evan Bayh as his running mate on Wednesday.  That, by itself alone, made me squeal with excitement.  I am crazy about this election!  (And I LOVE that Barack is celebrating his birthday in my beloved Boston tonight!)

And then it got even better.  Watch the last sentence in this speech by Evan Bayh:

Together, we can build an America of which we can be proud.

Not an America we can be proud of.

I knew that Bayh was one of the top contenders, but he wasn’t my first choice of a running mate.  Watching him say that beautiful sentence made me grin.  It’s going to be good.

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4 responses to “Forgive me….a subject about which I am passionate

  1. He seems like a pretty good choice!

  2. “… an America we can be proud of” would be a perfectly acceptable phrase in colloquial British English.

  3. Not one fellow editor I know in this day and age has a problem ending certain sentences with prepositions. There’s nothing wrong with the second example.

  4. While I am not a grammar snob, I am a grammar nitpicker.

    It had been drilled into me from early on that one must never, ever, EVER end a sentence with a preposition. Imagine my surprise (and glee!) when I found out that I could end a sentence with a preposition and be perfectly grammatically correct (according to Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 5.169).

    I have been recklessly ending sentences with prepositions ever since. Mainly because the “in which” “of which” and “with which” etc. seems so stilted, stuffy, and cumbersome.

    So I fight the good fight and correct people who correct me when I end a sentence with a preposition. (Take that! and that! and THAT! HA HAH!)

    I read somewhere that the “rule” was instituted so that sentences would be more elegant when translated into LATIN.

    Winston Churchill and I: brothers in arms.

    “THAT is the sort of arrant pedantry up with which I shall not put!” — Winston Churchill

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