I've always hoped that someday, somehow the name June would come back into vogue. After I saw the 2005 film "Walk the Line," which contained a scene with audience members chanting, "June, June, June," I researched name trends on the Social Security Administration website, hoping for signs that the film was fueling a comeback of my name. At the site I learned that June was the 39th most popular girls' name in 1925 and has been sliding into doily-like obscurity ever since. Not what I wanted to hear.
So all it took to get me to cough up $12.50 for a "Knight and Day" matinee (yes, my megaplex is mega-priced) was a trailer in which Cruise repeatedly said the name of Diaz's character, June. The film did not disappoint. Cruise said "June" so many times that Diaz's June Havens said, "Stop saying my name. It's freaking me out." And for once, the name June was more about great abs than great aunts.
Then, that same day, Junes took another step into the spotlight when I got an e-mail from a former copy-editing student of mine named June. The class I taught was online, so I never met June. Yet somehow she earned a special place in my heart and a hip, youthful image in my mind.
June's pretty good with grammar. She also knows the basics of using "whom." But, like most cool young people, she has trouble using whom in one particular situation: "The man who Mr. and Mrs. Jones hope will represent them — at a time when they most need a good attorney — is known for his expertise in real estate law."
"I have the nagging feeling that the 'who' should be a 'whom,'" June wrote.