Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Monday, October 17, 2011

Three Cheers for Reflexive Pronouns

Here's something you don't know about me. I'm waging a war against the loss of the reflexive pronoun.

Me, us, them. Great words, all. 

“Who's there?” “It's ME.” Only someone not well versed in English might say “It is I.”

What is this grammatical inability to see oneself from the viewpoint of not-oneself? I find it disturbing.

“He is smarter than I.” Bollocks. He is smarter than ME. In Latin it's quam plus the accusative, goddamit! But we are reluctant to accuse ourselves of anything.

You don't say “C'est JE” in French do you? You say “C'est moi.” Listen, the day someone says “C'est je” will be the day I evacuate Earth, okay? 

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