"Who do I reach out to?" a colleague asked in a recent email.
I had to restrain my fingers from cyber-strangling her on two counts: using the bureaucratese "reach out to," and incorrectly using "who" instead of "whom."
What's with this reaching out to? I really don't want anyone reaching out to me. It sounds too cuddly and new-worldy. Whatever happened to contacting or calling or writing or reaching someone?
On that front, I'm not going to reach out to you, but do I want to thank all my readers for their interest in this blog. Who knew that people still care about words and how to use them? Obviously there are a lot of you, and that warms my cranky, copy editor heart. I especially appreciate your comments, observations, and queries. You're the best. (Look who's getting all cuddly now.)