To the editor:
Re: "Burger, she wrote," Nov. 21.
Eeeeekkk. My 12-year old son and I love a fine burger, so I was relishing reading the above article aloud to him over breakfast today. Our reading ground to a nasty halt at the beginning of paragraph four when we learned that the writer (referred to herself as "myself" in this instance") and her friend cut their burger in half. What? The?
Our breakfast conversation immediately shifted from the joys of gourmet burgers to different kinds of pronouns and the proper use of reflexive pronouns. We discussed that it's sometimes hard to decide when to use "I" and "me," and lamented the horrifying use of "myself" in some instances. We then shifted to discussing how newspapers probably work, speculating that staff writers submit their material to the editor, who then reviews it for content and grammar.
In the end, it was an interesting and valuable conversation about grammar and newspapers, but sadly, from that point forward, had nothing to do with burgers. In fact, we never did finish reading the article.
James Tigchelaar, Vancouver