One of the commenters was lamenting the fact that we haven’t seen a Marvel “Who Do You Trust?” ad featuring the ladies of the Marvel U.

Well Jon, this ad is for you.

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For those of you who would like to argue the Who v. Whom usage, check out this entry from Grammar Girl.

OK, here’s the quick and dirty tip. Like whom, the pronoun him ends with m. When you’re trying to decide whether to use who or whom, ask yourself if the answer to the question would be he or him. That’s the trick: if you can answer the question being asked with him, then use whom, and it’s easy to remember because they both end with m. For example, if you trying to ask, “Who (or whom) do you love?” The answer would be “I love him.” Him ends with an m, so you know to use whom. But if you are trying to ask, “Who (or whom) stepped on Squiggly?” the answer would be “He stepped on Squiggly.” There’s no m, so you know to use who. So that’s the quick and dirty trick: if you can’t remember that you use whom when you are referring to the object of the sentence, just remember that him equals whom.

So, it does look like Marvel needs a better copy editor.

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9 Comments

  1. Julian
    February 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    HAHAHA! Well, I guess I spoke too soon and burned pretty badly.

    At least it wasnt She-Hulk, now that would be confusing.

  2. mosdef
    February 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    a phoenix skrull, i wonder whose gonna attempt to take her out, and i pray to the marvel gods, that it isnt another crappy attempt to revive jean gray, or phoenix after the invasion is over.

  3. Mithel
    February 26, 2008 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    Arguable. Grammar is mostly determined by common use, rather than a rule book. Whom having so little use in common speech means that Marvel may be in the right.

    Also, whom in that copy would look and sound stupid.

  4. Josh
    February 26, 2008 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    I have always found it funny how some fans mock Jean Grey’s deaths/ressurection. She’s only “died” twice. The first time when she was replaced by the Phoenix and the second when Grant Morrisson killed her in New X-Men. Jean has died fewer times than Hawkeye at this point.

  5. February 27, 2008 at 12:01 am — Reply

    HAHA thanks for calling me out on my fervent disdain for Marvel’s current marketing ploy.

  6. February 27, 2008 at 10:24 am — Reply

    “Arguable. Grammar is mostly determined by common use, rather than a rule book. Whom having so little use in common speech means that Marvel may be in the right.”

    Actually, I disagree. Grammar can be SHAPED by common use, but it certainly isn’t wholly determined. In this case, “Who do you trust?” SOUNDS awkward to me. And I live in Northeast Kansas, hardly a bastion of snooty fooferaw at that.

  7. February 27, 2008 at 10:35 am — Reply

    “I have always found it funny how some fans mock Jean Grey’s deaths/ressurection. She’s only “died” twice. The first time when she was replaced by the Phoenix and the second when Grant Morrisson killed her in New X-Men. Jean has died fewer times than Hawkeye at this point.”

    Phoenix being the poster girl for resurrection isn’t because of how MANY times she died, it’s because of the seemingly insurmountable way she did it. Marvel had to leap through half a dozen hoops to set up the means of her return, and created a huge continuity boondoggle in so doing. And the figure of two deaths is a bit low, in my remembrance…

    The existence of Madelyn Pryor was set up as a big swerve to fake us out about a Jean resurrection, so I count that. She died again during a Sentinel attack, and transferred her mind into another body (Emma?) and was resurrected during the “Phoenix: Endsong” miniseries. She died in the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline (sure, it’s alternate reality, but all the character REMEMBER it, don’t they?)

    Also: Hawkeye was never shown dying. Jean was annihilated ON PANEL by super-powerful (finger quote) “Lasers” (finger quote) on the moon. Hawk was just somewhere NEAR an explosion. :)

  8. Leiro
    February 27, 2008 at 11:42 am — Reply

    the thing with this add is…

    You do not trust dark phoenix. Actually, a skrull dark phoenix would be a serious improvement over dark phoenix herself… at least the skrull could not destroy the whole universe in a whim…

  9. Bob S.
    February 28, 2008 at 10:17 am — Reply

    When I get home from work I am going to pull out my DC Comics from 1988 and see if they used proper grammar when they did a similar campaign for Millenium. Wouldn’t that be a shocker if they weren’t Skrulls, but Manhunters?

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