Few subjects have generated as much recent response in recent years as the dialogue in 2 Edge City strips that appeared last week. In them, Colin uses the commonly employed though grammatically incorrect phrase “Me and Sam” instead of “Sam and I”. So many readers wrote about this (one of actually said she’d stop reading our strip because of it) that, rather than write them all individually what would be basically the same message, I just wrote 1 form response and emailed it to all of them. It reads as follows:
Dear Sir or Madam–Due to the volume of email sent concerning the issue of bad grammar in the Edge City strips of the last few days, far exceeding the responses to any other issue I can remember, I found it necessary, if regrettable, to answer your note with a form letter. While proper grammar is, of course, important and necessary, I would like to point out that the offending sentence forms were used by a character who, in our judgement, would speak that way and that fictional characters generally should not be expected to function as examples of what the public should or should not do. That being said, we do make an effort to act as a positive influence on our readers, especially our younger ones, and apologize for any detrimental effect our use of bad grammar may have caused. Take care and thanks for reading Edge City–Terry LaBan
So if you want to know what gets people’s goat, that’s it. I’ll refer all future complainants here.