To follow whom?
June 22nd, 2012 by David Bradley >> 2 Comments
I was searching for a Chrome extension to allow me to add filtering to Twitter when up popped an extension that purportedly corrects the “Who to follow” to “Whom to follow. WTF? “Who to follow” is not wrong. If they wanted to be pedantic they should replace the phrase with: “Suggestions as to whom you should follow”. The use of who and whom depends entirely on context. The only time grammar rules need be enforced most rigorously in colloquial text is if ignoring them would lead to ambiguity.
Stan Carey puts it quite nicely:
“If in doubt, trust your ear. If that doesn’t work, default to who. You can use whom as you see fit, but you’ve no business telling people they should use whom in conversational English. This is the tone used in Twitter’s phrase Who to follow. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Interestingly, the author of the extension uses the phrase “compatible to”. That should be “compatible with”. He uses “Again” as a lead in to a sentence but forgets to add a trailing comma. But does it matter. He makes a claims to being pedantic in “correcting” who to whom. Apparently, 2103 downloaders agree with him. The rest of us are quite happy with “who to follow”. That said, I run an extension that hides all that Twitter marketing nonsense…