I wasn’t looking for trouble. I was minding my own business, standing in my kitchen washing dishes and couldn’t help but hear the TV in the next room.
There was a program on about “Love,” the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show, and one of the creators was talking about how expensive it is to put on the production. The cost “incentivized me” to make it profitable, he said. In the mumble-mumble years I’ve been writing about grammar, I’ve learned that peevishness is futile. When you start picking on others’ usage, it’s just a matter of time before you make a fool of yourself.
For example, there are countless people in the world who will tell you that it’s wrong to split an infinitive or end a sentence with a preposition, but it takes only 10 seconds to prove them wrong, say by opening up a copy of the “Chicago Manual of Style” or “Garner’s Modern American Usage” or “Fowler’s Modern English Usage” or the “Oxford English Grammar.” I could go on.