Driving in Palo Alto

Paul: begins to parallel park on side street.

Yuppie scum driving contemptible conspicuous consumption Lexus SUV: honk, honk.

P: extends middle finger

Y: drives parallel, rolls down window, gives nasty look.

Dialogue ensues, during which P tells Y to fuck off at least once, ending with…

Y: “Did you flip me off?”

P: Yes.

Y: Nods, rolls up window, drives off.

I will never understand the human penchant to confront those who they have annoyed, and over whom they are powerless.

(Would someone tell me whether the who should also be a whom in that sentence? Helen? Are you reading? How about Ben?)

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5 Responses to “Driving in Palo Alto”

  1. ben wolfson Says:

    “Those whom they have annoyed” is correct.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Thank you. (That rule hates me. It hates everyone.)

  3. Arvita Says:

    You may want to be careful with the bird display, Andrew is on a jury for a murder that resulted from one party insulting another.

  4. Mike Says:

    People always say, “Mike, don’t flip people off. What if that person is crazy.”

    My answer, “I’m the guy that they need to be afraid of.” ;)

  5. Jason W. Says:

    As you can tell, I’m working my way through a backlog in Reader. As I understand the who/whom rule, it comes down to whether you’d use he or him (or she or her).

    Here: “whom they have annoyed” = “they have annoyed him” vs. “who they have annoyed” = “they have annoyed he”.

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