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For the English teachers out there ...
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 09, 2007

Here's a perfect example for an important lesson.

Harry is getting along in years and finds that he is unable to perform sexually. He finally goes to his doctor, who tries a few things but nothing seems to work. So the doctor refers him to an American Indian medicine man.

The medicine man says, "I can cure this." That said, he throws a white powder in a flame, and there is a flash with billowing blue smoke.

Then he says, "This is powerful medicine. You can only use it once a year. All you have to do is say '123' and it shall rise for as long as you wish!"

The guy then asks, "What happens when it's over, and I don't want to continue?" The medicine man replies: "All you or your partner has to say is 1234, and it will go down. But be warned — it will not work again for another year!"

Harry rushes home, eager to try out his new powers and prowess. That night he is ready to surprise Joyce. He s howers , shaves, and puts on his most exotic shaving lotion. He gets into bed, and lying next to her says, "123."

He suddenly becomes more aroused than anytime in his life ... just as the medicine man had promised. Joyce, who had been facing away, turns over and asks, "What did you say 123 for?"

And that, my friends, is why you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition...
 
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A possibly apocryphal story has Winston Churchill turning over something he’d written to an aide for proofreading. The aide marked a sentence which ended in a preposition. Churchill’s reply was (to the effect of), "This is the sort of mindless nitpicking up with which I shall not put!"
 
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Ah, but I always wondered just how many prepositions a coherent sentence can end with. (Oops, I just did it too...) The record holder, as far as I know, is this:
But another quote, attributed to E.B. White, shows how silly we can sound by piling on too many prepositions at the end. Child supposedly says this to father, who has brought the wrong book upstairs for bedtime reading: "What did you bring me that book I don’t want to be read to out of up for?"
 
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"... the sort of mindless nitpicking up..."

The version I heard used "arrant pedantry" in place of "mindless nitpicking".
 
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So not.
 
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Another old joke on these lines:

A Southern young man was admitted to Harvard. On his first day on campus, he approached another student and asked, "Could you tell me where the library is at?"

The other student responded snootily, "Perhaps that syntax is proper in the deep south, but at Harvard we know better than to end a sentence with a preposition."

The Southern boy then said, "All right. Could you tell me where the library is at, a55hole?"
 
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OK McQ, you owe me for half a can of Lysol used to remove the odor from my office.
 
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