Here’s a headline from the New York Times this week:
Sleepless Flies Lived Long Lives. Why Not Us?
Why didn’t sleepless flies live us? Why didn’t us live long lives?
Dear Reader, I’ve said it before. English has two measly cases. Is it too much to ask that we use them right?
By the way, this cut-line from the same article is a stunning example of the newspapers’ war on the comma:
Researchers developed a system for monitoring fruit flies kept track of their movements with cameras and used tiny motors that would tip the flies any time they went still for 20 seconds.
I defy anybody to make sense of that sentence before reading the whole thing. “Researchers developed a system for monitoring fruit flies kept track of their movements . . . .” Surely, I thought as I read it, a word is missing here. No, I realized, after I reached the period: not a word, just a couple of commas.