I really should just give up, accept defeat, appreciate that the fall of some niceties of the English language into permanent desuetude are destined to continue – and to irritate me immensely. For certain, it seems, my jeremiads in the matter are useless.
A very recent Times article (“Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Self-Proclaimed Messiah Who Built Religious Movement, Dies at 92”) features a comment about the reverend from the London School of Economics by one “Eileen V. Barker, a professor emeritus of sociology”.
Frankly, I truly doubt it!
Eileen a professor emeritus?
Why is it so hard?
Well, for all the good it won’t do, you can check the matter our here, in the opening paragraphs.
Shame on the Times – really, shame on all of you: writers, proof readers, editors, purported literates … all of you grammatically challenged word-smiths …
In this matter I am entitled to my opinion, or, if it makes you happy, language snobbery!
I am right, and you are wrong!
That’s just a fact, folks.