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  1. craig
    craig May 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm |

    “’Whom are you, anyways?’ That is of course, strictly speaking, correct”

    Actually, this is not correct. The verb “to be” is a copular verb and takes a predicate nominative (which in this example appears first because of the reversed syntax of the interrogitive); therefore, it is strictly correct, and not simply colloquial, to say, “Who are you, anyways?”

    That being said, the excerpts are hilarious.

  2. Treesong
    Treesong April 2, 2015 at 7:56 am |

    Thurber knew that was not correct. His advice is always a joke, whether it’s grammatical or extends to infidelity and the punching of women. The use of the nonstandard ‘anyways’ adds to the humor.

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