and proud of it" comes from the cautionary poem Bewares by Carl Sandburg. I will be the first one to say that while I try to be perfectly grammatical, I don't always succeed. I try to make sure that there are no spelling errors, no typographical errors, or even grammatical errors in my posts here. But I can't claim perfection; however having said that, I am beginning to wonder if the grammar rules have changed in regards to the use of I and me. While I am writing about this, has the use of myself also changed?
I was taught that the use of I is subjective and me, objective, and the use of the word myself, reflexive. Further, I was taught that in a subject in which there was more than one person that the I came after the other person. For example, it would be like this: Jennifer and I went shopping.
As for the objective use, that is with a preposition, a direct or indirect object, then me would be the proper form. Again, in the case of more than one person, that the me came last. An example in the objective case would be like this: Sheila went shopping with Jennifer and me.
However, in this day and age of facebook, I too often see posts of "me and Matt are exclusive" or "myself and my friend Erica went out for drinks last night...awesome time" and after a while, I wonder if the rules have changed and I missed it. And if the rules haven't changed, am I just a grammatical curmudgeon because it really bothers me?
I understand that sometimes dialogue reflects cultural speech patterns, but do authors (unless they are writing in a strict dialect) feel they have an obligation to write grammatically correct when describing a scene? In other words, dialogue doesn't even come into play. Or does it not matter? Inquiring minds want to know...
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