Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 02:43:12 -0700
From: Bill King
Subject: Re: Grammar Not Just For the Classroom

This sounds bogus. Yes, it is possible that at Random House a group of
people on the elevator would chirp in, but would all of those people on the
elevator be editorial staff?

I doubt it.

This sounds contrived. First of all, the "Has everybody got their floors?"
simply doesn't ring true as NY elevator operator lingo. Maybe it's changed
since I lived there. I won't bother going over the rest of the story because
the other examples are bogus as well.

I could make a bogus sangwich outavim.

Now here's a classic line from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's
west elevator main lobby ca. 70', 80's -- "Take a ride!".

Bethany K. Dumas wrote:

> >From the Metropolitan Diary column in today's NYTimes:
> -----
> Dear Diary:
> Visiting an editor at Random House, I stepped into a crowded elevator and
> found myself pressed close to the control panel. "Has everybody got their
> floors?" I asked. After a moment's silence, a young female voice from the
> rear said, "His or her." "I beg your pardon?" I said. "His or her. It's
> 'Has everybody got his or her floors?' Your pronouns don't agree." "And
> shouldn't it be 'his or her floor', not 'floors'?" a young man piped up.
> "Each of us gets off at only one floor." "And wouldn't it be better to
> say 'Does everybody have?' rather than 'Has everybody got?'" a third voice
> chimed in. I stood corrected -- and red faced. But I was glad to know that
> good grammar is alive and well.
> -----
> Bethany