OK, readers. I'll make you a deal. If you write me to tell me I made a mistake in this column and you're wrong, I'll publish a whole new column on your mistake, making it clear that I am an untouchable authority I am and that you were wrong to ever challenge me. But if you point out a mistake I made and you're right, the silence that follows will be deafening. Deal?
Aw, come on!
OK. Then I guess I owe a little mea culpa to Professor Burton Karson, who I picked on in a recent column, but who more recently busted me for writing, "And it is this defiant nature of idioms that make it OK ... " (And who, no doubt, will pick right back at me for not writing "whom I picked on.")
Karson pointed out, correctly dang him, that the singular "nature" requires a singular verb, "makes." Another reader also caught my mistake.