May 25, 2004

Lisa: Dream a Little Dream of Teeth

Yesterday, Matthew Baldwin of defective yeti talked about the "teeth falling out" dream, which I have mentioned before here. He brings up the logical point that grinding your teeth at night probably leads to dreams about loose teeth. I'll have to pay attention in the future--I'm not sure if I've had one of those dreams while wearing my mouth guard.

Another tooth-related dream I've often had involves retainers (you know, dental appliances). There's someone walking up to me in the dream who (whom?) I want to impress with my intelligence, maturity, and sophistication. I try to take out my retainer (which I haven't worn in my waking life for 10 years), but a new, bigger and more cumbersome one takes its place each time I do, a la Bartholomew Cubbins. I end up talking to the person with a huge lisp and feeling like a child. Waaah!

Posted by lisa at May 25, 2004 12:40 PM

"Whom," because it functions as the direct object of the verb "impress."

Although American language seems to be replacing all instances of "whom" with "who." I don't like this trend, but a mistaken "who" is a lot more acceptable than a "whom" when one should have a "who":

"I'll go to the mall with whomever wants to come."


Gemini6Ice, your neighborhood grammar gestapo.

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on May 25, 2004 04:41 PM
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