Over the last 200 years, the pronoun whom has been on a steady decline. Despite its waning use in speech and ongoing speculation about its imminent extinction, whom still holds a spot in the English language, particularly in formal writing. Understanding when and how to use this embattled pronoun can set your writing apart.
Whom is often confused with who. What’s the difference between these two pronouns? Who is a subjective-case pronoun, meaning it functions as a subject in a sentence, and whom is an objective-case pronoun, meaning it functions as an object in a sentence. Who, like I, he, she, and they, performs actions, as in Who rescued the dog? (who is doing the rescuing in this sentence). Whom, like me, him, her, and them, is acted on, as in Whom did you see? (whom is being seen here, not doing the seeing). Whom can also be object of a preposition, as in the salutation To Whom it may concern (whom is the object of to; Does it concern he? No. Does it concern him? Yes.) or in the title of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Get the rest of this lesson – Whom or who? | Dictionary.com Blog.
I got this amazing tweet today!
I am gagging. My 62 yo old boss brought me an article from your website @DangerousLee about stalking.
— L.Sugatits Hoecake (@BasedMoonie) January 7, 2015
I assume she is referring to How To Spot A Stalker Before It’s Too Late but she could be referring to 4 People You’ve Cyberstalked But Will Never Admit It or How To Stalk Your Favorite Celebrity.
Either way, I am glad to know that I am reaching an older audience.
Older people can #KeepitDangerous! too :)
Here’s what comes up in images when I Google “the dangers women who were passing for white had”.
What does a pure Black person look like? stood out to me. I went to Google to see what comes up in images.
Have a look:
By Denise Bloom
As the dictionary is now updated every year with new words such as buzzworthy, selfie and cake pop, do you ever wonder what happened to the terms and words that are no longer in common usage?
The next generation might have a language all of their own but inventing new terms and words dates back almost to the invention of language itself. The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary now lists more than 171,476 words including slang terms but this is by no means an exhaustive list.
There are also 47,156 obsolete words listed which is just a waste of a good language! So instead of inventing new words to enter the dictionary, why not pick out some of the slang used generations ago and have a language resurgence?
Obsolete Words from Yesteryear
1. Hugger-Mugger (1530s) Remember when David Cameron coined the phrase hug-a-hoodie? Well this phrase has nothing to do with hoodies or muggers or even hugs but could certainly describe someone like Cameron as it means to act in a secretive manner.
2. Jargogle (1690s) Meaning to confuse and perplex. If the words youngsters are using don’t make much sense to you, you can always bamboozle them with a little street slang of your own; “your language is jargogle to me.”
3. Twattle (1600s) To twattle is to indulge in idle gossip and is related to “prattle” which means to make annoying small talk. Insert either in the following sentence; “stop twattling and get on with some work!”
4. Gadzooks! (1690s) There was a time when swearing was considered the height of bad manners and so all manner of delightful words were ushered in to replace the stronger oaths. Gadzooks would have been used in front of respected company or women when you didn’t want to offend, although we can’t see anyone uttering “gadzooks!” when they stub their toe.
5. Weed (900) Before it became slang for a certain type of drug, weed was the outfit or band you wore during mourning. Now you can educate people as to its proper usage.
6. Lackaday (1685) If you were to express regret, grief or surprise then you might exclaim “Oh lackaday”. It literally means “alack the day”.
7. Snoutfair (1600s) You wouldn’t guess it but this word means someone who is handsome. Seriously.
8. Pussyvan (unknown) Now this is not what you think! A pussyvan is actually a tantrum.
9. Groak (1800s) The practice of a good groak is to watch someone eating whilst hoping they’ll offer you some.
10. Spermologer (unknown) There should be a prize for words which look they mean something completely different! A spermologer is someone who collects trivia – a know-it-all basically.
11. Queer Plungers (1811) This one gets the prize for not only the weirdest word but the weirdest meaning. It’s basically a scoundrel who would throw themselves into a river or lake and then be “rescued” by their accomplice who would take them to a nearby lodging for the recovery of drowned people and get a monetary reward for their effort. These are just some of the most curious obsolete words in the English language. Let’s all make a huge effort to bring them back into the mainstream and jargogle the younger generation!
I have been given the letter S and have to name 10 things I like that begin with S.
Leave a comment and I will give you a letter.
I don’t get it. I just don’t! The following 5 stories have been responsible for high amounts of traffic to the Dangerous Lee Network for quite some time. Some of them have been in the Top 5 for years! I’m glad you like them and it shows that I have some skill as a publisher, but damn, what’s the big deal?!
Haven’t read them yet? Check ‘em out and let me know what you think.
I’ve had glitter nail polish on my shopping list for weeks. I have lots of cool nail polish in tons of colors, but I was all out of glitter. I don’t know what it is about glitter that I love so much. Is is because I love the stars in the sky? Is it because I am a huge Michael Jackson fan? Or, is it because it makes my short brittle nails look so cute? I do know one reason; when it starts to chip it doesn’t look as bad as solid colors! I actually think I need another coat because you can never have to much glitter ;)
I can’t quickly find a clip of it, but those of you who know the film know what I’m talking about. You can see a picture of their stankin’ asses below :)
I did find this cool interview, tho!
A Penn State sorority has become the focus of an investigation after a racist Mexican-themed party picture was posted to the Web, according to the independent Penn State blog, Onward State.
The picture, said to be taken around Halloween, shows the women dressed in sombreros and mustaches. Some of the women held signs that read “Will mow lawn for weed + beer” and “I don’t cut grass I smoke it.”
The photo was posted on Tumblr and Facebook, where Onward State was able to identify the women tagged in the photo as members of the Chi Omega sorority on campus.
Read more at - Yahoo! News.
A Flint, MI, witness reported watching an object hovering 200 feet away over a nearby movie theater with triangle-shaped lights about 10:20 p.m. on November 11, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The moral police strike my Facebook page again! This Ecard and conversation is in response to Romney’s following statement during the latest Presidential debate: “Get married first before having children”, in response to a question about automatic weapons and gun control.
Whenever anyone implies that single mothers are to blame for anything negative in the world I take offense. I am a single mother and I was raised by a single mother. My mother never married, but she would like to have been married. She didn’t have more children because she didn’t want to have more children out of wedlock. Being a single parent is hard work and a hard decision to make. I became pregnant at the age of 26 while using birth control, so I did not plan to become a mother, but I made the choice to have my child. Will I have another child? No! Do I want to be married? No! In my opinion, marriage is a sham and I don’t need or want a POTUS that thinks anyone having children while they’re unmarried is responsible for raising violent citizens.
Those of you who think that I or my mother should have gotten married before we had our children can quite frankly kiss our asses. Don’t worry, we both have enough ass to go around. Marriage is not some form of magic heal the world and the child solution that stops children from becoming assholes, criminals, and deviants. When statements are made that single parent households are somehow responsible for kids growing up and becoming criminals that is an insult to all single mothers and their children. It’s a blanket statement that’s also a lie. During the above conversation it was stated that statistics show most men in jail are products of a single parent household (which actually has nothing to do with the initial statement made by Romney because he was talking about people who use automatic weapons to commit mass murderers, but people with statistical info have just gotta share it. Too bad there are no real stats on the background of mass murderers who use automatic weapons)
Any ‘ol way, check out one of the first articles I found when asking the question: Are most men in jail from single parent homes? The article is from 2002, but I’m sure the numbers are still relevant. There are also other factors that come into play regarding these men being in jail who are from single parent homes. It’s not a black and white issue. For a realistic look at what a typical single parent is like, visit here.
I didn’t plan to become a single mother. It’s not something that I put on my planner ten years ago. I’m not happy about it, but guess what, I am doing the best I can on my own, just as my mother did before me. Wanna know who’s not doing his best? The father of my child. He chooses not to be involved in his daughters life and that’s also his loss because our daughter is smart, creative, beautiful and wishes he was around. Most single mothers, for better or worse, stick around and raise their children. Where the hell are the non custodial fathers that chose not to be involved? If you insist on placing blame, sprinkle a lil’ bit on the absent fathers and then sit your judgmental ass down.
In fact, lets stop the blaming, judging, and insulting all together because it benefits no one; least of all the children. I deleted Rajen (someone I once respected), the faceless wonder you see commenting in the first image above because he became blatantly disrespectful and hurtful with his comments towards me. There were more than 30 comments made on this topic and things got very hot, but ended on a chill note. Enjoy the conversation and feel free to join in. Note: You will have to scroll down a bit to find each post, but I highlighted them for you :)