I Guess They Don’t Teach English Grammar at USC 

I just watched the finals of College Jeopardy and was shocked that the winner Sam, when being interviewed, used a sentence Me and..
 

So he’s smart enough to get into USC. He’s smart to be a contestant in College Jeopardy. Makes it to the finals, another huge level of achievement yet can’t speak grammatically correct? 

What on earth does that say about Sam and his education? Is it now considered acceptable to say Me and? Dear lord, I hope it hasn’t come to this! 

16 thoughts on “I Guess They Don’t Teach English Grammar at USC 

  1. Perhaps he listened to copious amounts of the Grateful Dead.

    Me and my uncle went riding down
    South Colorado, West Texas bound
    We stopped over in Santa Fe
    That being the point just about half way
    And you know it was the hottest part of the day

    I took the horses up to the stall
    Went to the bar-room, ordered drinks for all
    Three days in the saddle, you know my body hurt
    It being summer, I took off my shirt
    And I tried to wash off some of that dusty dirt (note 1)

    West Texas cowboys, they’s all around
    With liquor and money, they’re loaded down
    So soon after pay day, you know it seemed a shame
    You know my uncle, he starts a friendly game
    High-Low Jacks and the winner take the hand (note 2)

    My uncle starts winning, cowboys got sore
    One of them called him, and then two more
    Accused him of cheating, well no it couldn’t be
    I know my uncle, he’s as honest as me
    And I’m as honest as a Denver man can be

    One of them cowboys, he starts to draw
    Well I shot him down, Lord, he never saw (note 3)
    Shot me another, hot damn he won’t grow old (note 4)
    In the confusion my uncle grabbed the gold
    And we high-tailed it down to Mexico

    Now I love those cowboys, I love their gold
    I love my uncle, God rest his soul
    Taught me good, Lord, taught me all I know
    Taught me so well, I grabbed that gold
    And I left his dead ass there by the side of the road (note 5)

  2. Knowledge of trivia =/= intelligence. Also lots of people who are highly intelligent in math/science/engineering have no language skills.

    1. All very true. It shouldn’t be that way – why should excuses be given to math/science and engineering brains to not have writing skills? Why not have both?

        1. I remember as a high school student in the 1960s, the all male math and science teachers expected little of me as I struggled to grasp their courses. I would be married, they said.
          I wish I had been pushed to do better in math and sciences. It’s one of my regrets.

  3. Realllllly old vernacular
    Me and my shadow…….1927………Al Jolson
    Darn, now this will run thru my brain all day
    Probably accompanied by a quick tap step and spin

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