November 9, 2004

Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey retired yesterday (you may remember the brouhaha over his coming out back in August).

In the speech he gave before stepping down, he said (according to the New York Times), “I am not apologizing for being a gay American, but rather, for having let personal feelings impact my decision-making and for not having had the courage to be open about whom I was.”

Whom I was?

I have no problem with his being a gay American. I just can’t accept his grotesque hypercorrective use of the direct object personal pronoun.

At least, I couldn’t until I spoke with my friend L.N., who said, “Well, it’s obvious the Times just left out ‘fucking’ at the end.”

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8 Responses to Governor James McGreevey of New

  1. Jess says:

    I hadn’t thought of that. That’s a great observation! 🙂

  2. Crash says:


  3. Mr.D. says:

    L.N. sounds like me!

  4. Scott says:

    That’s hilarious!

    And you rock for pointing out bad grammar. Yesterday someone IMed me and said, “I seen you at Trader Joe’s.” If I were a nun, I would have wanted to whack his hand with a ruler for writing like that. And if that’s how he writes, imagine how he must talk… God!

  5. Jase says:

    Amazing.. simply amazing. I would never have caught that – thank you for sharing and exposing pretentious rhetoric.

    Luv ya!

  6. Jalal says:

    Or, shagging, depending on which side of the Atlantic that guy was from.

  7. brechi says:’re right…i was always a little peeved by that also.

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