WHO? WHOM? Bristol Palin article gets it wrong.

Twenty-year-old Bristol Palin visits Birmingham this week to promote her memoir.  I doubt I had enough experiences or enough perspective at age twenty to write a memoir, but then, I'm not Bristol Palin.  (NOTE: The photo here shows Bristol at age 17, with her brother Trigg–not her son Tripp.)

Alec Harvey interviewed Bristol about the writing of the book and included this sentence in his comments:

In "Not Afraid of Life," Palin recounts her distrust of Meghan McCain, whom, she writes, wore thousand-dollar dresses and constantly complained about her treatment."

Whoops! Whether to use WHO or WHOM depends on the part the word plays in its own private clause.  In this sentence, WHO is the subject (WHO wore thousand-dollar dresses…).  Here are some examples of how WHOM (object) and WHO (subject) should be used in similar sentences:

Palin says she distrusted Meghan McCain, from WHOM (object) she heard constant complaints.

To WHOM (object) was Palin referring when she wrote about the thousand-dollar dresses?

WHO (subject) wore thousand-dollar dresses on the campaign trail?

Bristol Palin and Meghan McCain are both children WHO (subject) have politicians for parents.

 In "Lifestyle" writer Alec Harvey's sentence in The Birmingham News, WHO would be the correct choice.  The sentence should read as follows:

In "Not Afraid of Life," Palin recounts her distrust of Meghan McCain, who, she writes, wore thousand-dollar dresses and constantly complained about her treatment."


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3 Responses to “WHO? WHOM? Bristol Palin article gets it wrong.”

  1. Collette says:

    I'd love to see you write a review on Bristol's novel at Amazon.com. It would reach a very wide audience! Thank you.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. Might just do that.

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