On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 00:29:54 -0000, "Commander Kinsey" <C...@nospam.com
>On Thu, 16 Mar 2023 03:43:35 -0000, rbowman <bow...@montana.com
>> On Thu, 16 Mar 2023 02:38:07 -0000, Commander Kinsey wrote:
>>> The most annoying thing in there was "write me". Ever heard of the word
>>> "to"? You can't write a person. You write letters, words, sentences,
>>> not animals.
>> "But if you’re an American trying to please foreigners or particularly
>> picky readers, you might keep the “write me” phobia in mind."
>Write me is illogical. That means you're actually writing me. You can't create me by writing. You create the letter you send to me.
However, that usage of "write" is sufficiently popular that it is
included in the OED:
17.c. transitive. To compose and send a letter to (someone). Now
chiefly North American. In early use with the recipient as an
indirect object (in Old English dative object). By the late 18th
cent. apparently typically analysed as a direct object, and in
Britain viewed as colloquial, or associated with the usage of
business and commercial circles. Now viewed as nonstandard in
British English and similar varieties, but in standard use in North
OE West Saxon Gospels: Luke (Corpus Cambr.) i. 3 Me geþuhte
geornlice eallum oð endebyrdnesse writan þe, þu se selusta
Theophilus, þæt ðu oncnawe þara worda soþfæstnesse of ðam ðe þu
a1413 (?c1385) G. Chaucer Troilus & Criseyde (Pierpont Morgan)
(1882) v. l. 1303 Thow hast not wreten here [c1430 Cambr.
Gg.4.27 wrete to hyre] syn þat she wente... Now write here þanne
[c1430 Cambr. Gg.4.27 write to hire].
c1450 C. d'Orleans Poems (1941) 125 (MED) I sory am thus forto
write yow here, Forwhi to say hit were me more plesere Bi mouth
then make this ocupacioun.
1611 J. Ussher Let. 4 Oct. in R. Parr Life J. Usher (1686) Coll.
vii. 15 Together with..Mr. Cook's Books you wrote me of.
1672 in Camden Soc. Misc. (1881) 13 Being in hast, have not tyme
to wright any body else.
1763 E. Carter in Mem. (1808) I. 356 I writ you from Amsterdam.
1795 Ld. Nelson in Dispatches & Lett. (1845) II. 32 As I write
you,..I shall not write Mrs. Nelson this day.
1854 W. M. Thackeray Newcomes I. xxxi. 310 Clive..wrote me about
the transmogrification of our schoolfellow.
1864 J. H. Newman Apologia vi. 346 When friends wrote me on the
subject, I either did not deny or I confessed it.
1891 Harper's Mag. Nov. 840/1 Mr. Adams was another character of
whom my host had written me.
1922 C. Mackenzie Altar Steps xxiii. 263 I will write you again
when I have seen Father Burrowes.
1955 J. P. Donleavy Ginger Man xi. 104 I haven't. You can't
blame me. I'm sorry I wrote your father. I'm sorry for it.
1973 Black Panther 17 Nov. 10/2 It is circulating an impeachment
petition nationwide while encouraging all citizens to write their
2017 New Yorker 27 Feb. 49/3 ‘My sched is so tight, literally
from sunrise to well past sunset,’ Flynn wrote me, in a text
>Strange Americans miss out a word. Usually they add more, like "now what you're gonna wanna do next is turn right", whereas Brits say "turn right".
>> Foreigners can kiss my rosy red ass, or arse if you prefer.
>Why are Americans obsessed with the ass/arse? Is it because they're so big over there? Instead of "get over here", they say "get your ass over here". Surely you and your ass are connected, you can't move one part of you only.
Peter Duncanson, UK