–Me and . . .

Apropos of nothing:

I’ve heard this more and more lately. But I was saddened when I heard first lady Michelle Obama say, “My mother insisted me and my brother eat everything on our plates.”

Me and . . . ?” Has American English fallen so far that a lawyer, a Harvard graduate and first lady of the United States of America says “me and . . . “? Or has that now become standard English?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

4 thoughts on “–Me and . . .

  1. That’s it?
    How long has it been since she stated that in her speech? And, that’s what you dug up?
    Wow. Of all the harm done to the people by powers in office… this is nothing.


    1. This post wasn’t about Mrs. Obama, whom I admire. It was about the “me and . . .” construction that sounds so ignorant. She was just an example of how high up this terrible construction has gone.

      I even have heard “me and . . .” as a subject (“Me and him went out”), which is really awful.

      Rodger Malcolm Mitchell


  2. LOL, you are right, we can modify the sentence without changing the grammar, remove the brother: “my mother insisted that me eat everything on my plate” – that doesn’t sound like a Harvard grad at all!


    1. The speaker always comes last. For instance, you would not say, “My mother insisted that I and my brother eat . . . ”

      The order must be:

      2nd person (you)
      3rd person (my brother)
      1st person (I)

      “My mother insisted that you, my brother and I eat . . .”

      Texting helped eliminate proper English. Twitter was the nail in the coffin.

      Rodger Malcolm Mitchell


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