A faithful reader from Vermont writes:
You are too smart a guy to keep using “I” instead of “me.” Twice today pushed me over the grammatical edge.
I presume the error in question is phrases like “He’s driving Oliver and I…” Here’s a good explanation of the error, in part:
The first person singular pronoun is “I” when it’s a subject and “me” when it’s an object…
In other words, my error was this: in the sentence above, it is “He” (Dad) who is the subject, and Oliver and I [sic] who are the objects — it is Dad’s manipulation of us that is being discussed.
So while I might say “Oliver and I are driving Dad to the airport,” I should say “He’s driving Oliver and me to the airport.”
That all said, if you’re coming here expecting a grammatical paradise, you’re in the wrong place: I’m strongly on the “as long as you understand me, it’s all okay” side of the grammar wars, and those of the “it’s the end of civilized society when we start using ‘I’ where we should use ‘me’ ” don’t hold much stock in my world.
That all said, thanks to my helpful correspondent for pointing out the error of me ways.