For all the Pedants

My brother Jonathan showed me this blog post, dealing with the silly claim that one should not end a sentence with a preposition (like those who insist that we have no right to freely split our infinitives). This particular sentence was far too good not to pass on: “What do you keep bringing that book you know I don’t like being read to from out of up for?”

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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2 Responses to For all the Pedants

  1. John says:

    My favourite story on those lines concerns Americans.

    A Texan student was at Yale, and asked a passing (older) student, “Can you tell me where the library’s at?” The older student replied disdainfully, “At Yale, we don’t end our sentences with prepositions.”

    The Texan paused for a second, and replied, “Can you tell me where the library’s at, asshole?”


    pax et bonum

  2. Alex S. says:

    I believe it was Churchill that said (paraphrase)..

    “I cannot stand a man that ends a sentence with a preposition. That is something up with which I will not put.”

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