In the margin
And finally, for something completely different. I submit the following examples as part of my forthcoming paper entitled: 'Notes towards an investigation into grammatical hypercorrection and sociolinguistic attitudes in American fiction.'
In that house I heard the word 'whom' for the first time. A woman answering the telephone while a church social was going on outside in the garden said, 'To whom do you wish to speak?... To whom?' - stopping me in my tracks.
William Maxwell: "Incidents on a Bridge"
Degarmo lunged past the desk towards an open elevator beside which a tired old man sat on a stool waiting for a customer. The clerk snapped at Degarmo's back like a terrier. 'One moment please. Whom do you wish to see?' Degarmo spun on his heel and looked at me wonderingly. 'Did he say "whom"?' 'Yeah, but don't hit him,' I said. 'There is such a word.'
Raymond Chandler: "Farewell, My Lovely"
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