Newspaper gives self-styled grammarian a laugh

I must give a big thank-you to The Maui News for making me laugh out loud on Feb. 13. I had noted in the previous day’s issue an incomplete sentence beginning a jump to an inside page and ending with “worn by model Kate Upton, whom Cabrinha said is appearing on her second swimsuit edition cover.”

When a correction of the story was printed the next day, I naively thought it was to fix that misuse of “whom.” Unbelievably, the correction only added the dropped words and repeated the “whom” mistake. I can understand the first oversight, but to repeat an elementary school error is unbelievable.

“Who” is always the subject of the sentence, “whom” the object. In this case, “who” is the subject of the phrase “is appearing on her second,” the phrase “said is” immaterial in determining correct usage.

Earlier, The Maui News ran a story with an equally ridiculous use of “an” before a word beginning with a hard “h.” The inane talking heads on TV apparently can’t figure if they are speaking British or American English, but how does someone make another elementary school mistake in print?

The British might say “an house” because their accent drops the “h.” Thus they would pronounce the noun as “ouse,” naturally requiring “an” before a word beginning with a vowel or vowel sound.

Can it be The Maui News has axed its copy editors and has its reporters rely on spell check?

Howard Fields