We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The worst thing about these f-ing errors is that one tends to discount everything else the person is writing. The thing is, they could have something smart to say but somehow missed class the day they reviewed The Common Writing Errors of People Who Did Not Pay Attention in 3rd Grade.
You know how it is. People with English accents sound smarter than what they are saying and, for many Yankees I am sad to say, people with Hillbilly accents sound dumber than what they are saying. Both of these biases, interestingly, can work to the advantage of the object of the bias.
A reader offered this comment: " I heard Prince Harry or William express appreciation of a gift given “to my brother and I”. We’re doomed!"
"..[T]aboo words are not entirely vulnerable to syntactical analysis. Saying that "the fuck" in a sentence like "What the fuck are you doing?" iss adjectival in function, or that "bloody" in "What are you bloody well doing?" is an adverb, misses something of the point. In such cases specific syntactic location seems to be made a convenience of, for somehow the intensifying word is meant to color uniformly the whole of the utterance some place or other in which it occurs. Here see Quang Phuc Dong (1971)"
I learned not to be misled by appearances. In my local Walmart in the fine proudly self-styled "redneck" town, the cashier asked "how are you doing today?" I replied, 'well, thank you". She replied, "My goodness, someone who knows how to answer the question grammatically correct." Well, shut the front door I thought.
FYI: The epithet "fuck" is, in fact, the English derivative of the Anglo word "fük", pronounced as "fook". "Fük" means "to polk" giving the English "fuck" its many and general meanings.
Hence, the work "fuck" is, in source, not truly an epithet but rather a perfectly decent and legitimate adoptive which has, unfortunately, run amok in the mouths of those educated by state institutions.
Those seeking extra credit would well note that we could replace "fuck" with a similar Sumarian word, "uk-sab-eh". This word seems to have had a distribution and use quite similar to "fuck". Adopting "uk-sab-eh" would give us all a fresh start on fucking-up an otherwise beautiful language.
One final question: Can the mug be purchased in bulk quantities and from whom?
Using informal English when you're clearly trying to be informal doesn't grate on my ears at all. Using a hypercorrection to try to sound smart is annoying, not to mention self-defeating. Languages always change, but let's break the rules in aid of verve and expressiveness, not empty pomp and social anxiety.