Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Correction Has Been Made

My good friend and fellow Soviet Jewry activist, Michael Sherbourne, has written me about a text in my "About Me" profile:

"I and my family . . . "
You may say "I, together with my family,..."
but if you use the word "and", you must write:-
"My family and I . . ."
The first person does not come first !
There is a famous story about Cardinal Wolsey
in which this High Priest wrote (in Latin):-
"Ego et Rex meus" and he was ticked off (most severely) by Henry VIII who said "Your King always comes first !"

Please forgive me for correcting your English but even at this late stage in my life I am still as pedantic a teacher as I always have been. Michael Sh.

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