Red Pen

Who or Whom? One weird trick melts away YEARS of confusion

December 14, 2022

Red Pen: A Grammar Podcast
Episode 1
To whom or not to whom, that is the question. The word’s going the way of the northern white rhino, but is it ever wrong to use “who” in its place? Will your fancy dinner party guests think you’re a troglodyte? And what if you overcorrect and stick a “whom” where it doesn’t belong? All this, plus digressions on red being the real warmest color, why it’s maybe not the best idea to deputize fourteen-year-olds as camp counselors, and that time Ryan got perma-banned from day trading.

Thing 1: Ryan Davis
Thing 2: Mike Laws
Producer: Amanda Darrach

Amanda Darrach is a contributor to CJR and a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations. Follow her on Twitter @thedarrach.