25 June 2023

"An admirable Daughter was lunching us both ..."

 Thus began yesterday's blogpost. 

A reader appears to accuse me of writing ungrammatically.

Can he, she, it, or they explain to me what is ungrammatical about this?


Joshua said...

I assume you meant that she shouted you both lunch.

Oliver Nicholson said...

Or even stood them lunch.

Jacob Hicks said...

If one can be both wined and dined, surely one can be lunched?

PCS said...

As Charles Ryder replies to Lunt "Yes, Lunt, lunching out."

FrB. said...

It should, of course, have been, "...was lunching on us both..."

PM said...

Your reader (who was wrong in any case) should, by the way, have said 'So much for your being a pedant', not 'you being a pedant'.

Which is an excuse for introducing one of my favourite corny jokes:


Mick Jagger Gathers No Mosque said...

Dear Father. That was me.


It sounded so weird that I just assumed you had erred but, obviously, that was a bad assumption to make because you do know grammar.

I apologise.

In my defense, I do specialse in error.

Grant Milburn said...

Charles Ryder uses "lunch", as an intransitive verb - but can it be used transitively, by analogy with "wine and dine"? It would seem so.

Denis Norden raises a similar question on the radio programme "My Word!" A friend of his, doing compulsory military training, soon decides that army life is not for him, and begins a rebellion by taking every parade ground instruction, as bawled by the sergeant, as literally as possible. So, for example, he responds to the command "Stand at ease" (Stand at Hayes!) by going AWOL, until discovered by the Redcaps standing by a wall in Hayes, West London.

He gets away with it until he responds to the command "Atten-SHUN!" by attempting to leave the parade ground. He is brought before his commanding officer who, brandishing the Concise Oxford Dictionary, insists that "shun" can only be used transitively with an object. Norden's friend escapes court martial and possible firing squad by invoking the authority of the complete OED, which endorses the intransitive use of "shun".